Barberry

Scientific Name: 
Berberis vulgaris
Family Name: 
Berberidaceae
Plant Description: 
A shrub to small tree with thorns, long racemes of flowers followed by bright berries
Plant Height: 
1m-5m
Plant Use: 
Edible
Medicinal
Craft/Construction/Fibre
Dye
Of Interest: 
A yellow dye can be extracted from the stem and bark, the berries can be eaten fresh or dried they are used in herbal medicine. The thorny bush can be used as a hedge…and is sometimes planted under windows to stop burglars gaining access!
Annual, Biannual or Perennial: 
Perennial
Plant Type: 
Shrub
Climate: 
Temperate
Cool Temperate
Warm Temperate
Deciduous or Evergreen: 
Deciduous

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