Berberis trifoliolata

Agarita, Algertia, Currant-of-Texas

  • Berberis trifoliolata

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Growing Info

Scarification: Soak in water, let stand in water for 24 hours
Stratification: None required, but a cold stratification of 3 weeks improves germination.
Germination: sow seed 1/4" deep, tamp the soil

Other: Germinates in 1 - 6 months at 20°C 

Looking for a hardy, evergreen shrub that's perfect for attracting wildlife? Look no further than Berberis trifoliolata, also known by its common names of Agarita, Algertia, Currant-of-Texas, Wild Currant, or Chaparral Berry. This rounded shrub grows up to 2 meters tall, and is hardy to zone 7 - meaning it can handle a variety of weather conditions. Its hermaphrodite flowers, which bloom from April to May, attract bees and other pollinators, while the plant itself is known to attract a variety of wildlife.

Berberis trifoliolata prefers well-drained soil and can handle a variety of soil types, but cannot grow in the shade - it needs plenty of sunlight to thrive. This shrub is also noted for its ability to grow in both dry and moist soil conditions. It's a great choice for gardeners looking for a low-maintenance plant that's both beautiful and useful for local wildlife.

While it's technically part of the Berberidaceae family, some argue that Berberis trifoliolata should be included in the genus Berberis due to its ability to hybridize with other Berberis species. Whether you call it Agarita, Algertia, Currant-of-Texas, Wild Currant, or Chaparral Berry, this evergreen shrub is sure to be a wonderful addition to any garden. Learn more about Berberis trifoliolata at http://plants.usda.gov.

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