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Berberidaceae - Barberry Family
A thorny shrub with slender arching branches.
Can grow up to 10 ft tall
Wedge shaped leaves alternate or in whorled clusters
Trunk. Branches contain thorns.
Small yellow flowers
Plant produces pendant clusters of tart juicy red berries. the red berries have a crown similar to a blueberry. There are no poisonous look alikes, as there are no poisonous berries with crowns.
Non-native. Naturalized to old fields and thickets.
Fruits - August through Spring.
Wild Food Uses:
Jelly, cooked fruit, cold drink. Barberry make an outstanding jelly or cooked fruit. The diluted unsweetened juice makes an excellent cold drink. The leaves, stems, and roots of this plant are mildly toxic and should not be consumed.
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An excellent liver tonic can be made from the aerial parts of the plant.