Selected Plants of Navajo Rangelands
(a.k.a. agarita, agrito, currant-of-Texas, wild currant)
Algerita, a member of the barberry family, has spiny bluish or gray-green holly-like foliage with masses of fragrant yellow flowers in early spring, followed by attractive juicy red berries. Protected by sharp, spine-tipped leaves, its edible fruit is savored by wildlife and humans. Other similar Southwest native barberries include the larger B. haematocarpa and the smaller B. swaseyi.
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