Common Barberry

(Berberis vulgaris)

Other Names:
None Known


Berberidaceae - Barberry Family

Growth Type:
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.

Not observed

Flower Season:

Flower Appearance:
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.

Miscellaneous characteristics:

Non-native. Naturalized to old fields and thickets.

Parts Used:
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.

The following text is meant for informational purposes only. It is not meant to diagnose or treat any illness or injury. Always consult with a physician or other qualified medical care provider concerning the diagnosis and treatment of any illness or injury.

Medicinal Uses:
An excellent liver tonic can be made from the aerial parts of the plant.

Medicinal Actions:
Liver TonicVasodilator