Berberis darwinii


Common Name: Barberry



Berberidaceae (family name)

Forage for Pollinators: Produces Nectar and Pollen for bees.

Flowering time: April-May.

Growing information: EVERGREEN SHRUB growing to 2.5 m (7ft) by 2.5 m (7ft).
Hardy to minus 17ÂșC. It tolerates any soil (except constantly waterlogged) enjoying full sun or partial shade. A major nectar source, it yields 30-35 pounds of honey per acre, which is golden-amber in colour, and the pollen is green in colour. Fruit, which appears July-August, is edible raw or cooked and pleasant when fully ripe; also used in preserves. Berberine, universally present in all parts of Berberis species but especially the rhizomes, has marked antibacterial effects and has also shown anti-tumour activity. Noted for attracting wildlife.