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Mahonia gracilis - (Hartw.)Fedde.

Common Name Mexican Barberry
Family Berberidaceae
USDA hardiness 7-10
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Dry ravines in open pine forests in limestone soils[260].
Range South-western N. America - Mexico.
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Weed Potential No
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Frost Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun
Mahonia gracilis Mexican Barberry


Mahonia gracilis Mexican Barberry

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Mahonia gracilis is an evergreen Shrub growing to 1.5 m (5ft).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 8. It is in leaf all year, in flower from February to March. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Insects.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil.

Synonyms

Habitats

Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; Dappled Shade;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Fruit.
Edible Uses:

The fruit of all members of the genus is edible either raw or cooked, though we do not know the quality of this species[K]. The ovoid fruit is produced in racemes and is up to 12mm long[200].

Medicinal Uses

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None known

Other Uses

None known

Cultivation details

Unlike most members of this genus, this species requires a dry, well-drained soil in a shady position[260]. It requires a position sheltered from strong or cold winds[202]. Plants are only hardy in the milder areas of the country, tolerating temperatures down to about -5°c when fully dormant[260]. The young growth in spring can be damaged by late frosts. Hybridizes freely with other members of this genus. Plants in this genus are resistant to honey fungus[88].

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Propagation

Seed -

Other Names

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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