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Agarita, Mahonia trifoliolata (Barberry Family)

By frostweed
July 13, 2015

What surprising qualities this plant has: early nectar for bees and butterflies, plus beautiful flowers and fruit.

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Name: Linda Williams
Medina Co., TX (Zone 8a)
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Jul 15, 2015 4:40 PM CST
I've always had a lot of respect for this species! Every year I look forward to its blooms, which are like a celebration of spring! I really love the taste of the ripe berries later. Delicious! It's not often you can find fruit on something that can grow in poor soil and not even needing much water!
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
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Name: josephine
Arlington, Texas (Zone 8a)
Hi Everybody!! Let us talk native.
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Jul 15, 2015 5:40 PM CST
Thank you Linda, yes, the flowers smell wonderful, the fruit is great, and the plant is evergreen and care free, what more could you ask for? Smiling
Wildflowers are the Smiles of Nature.
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