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Oregon grape

Oregon grape /Mahonia aquifolium/

It is an evergreen, flowering shrub.

The flowers are yellow, gathered densely in inflorescences.

Flowering is in early spring.

The fruits are dark blue – black, like blueberries covered with whitish powder.

The herb is often used by some native Indian tribes in North America to treat appetite loss.

A yellow dye is obtained from the bark of the stem and roots.

Dark green, purple and dark blue-purple dyes are obtained from the fruits, and green paint is obtained from the leaves of the plant.

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Written by Georgi Tsachev

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