Selected Plants of Navajo Rangelands

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Oregon grape
Tséch’ilndtł’izíyilt ’ą́ą ’í
(a.k.a. Oregon grape holly, Mahonia aquifolium)

Green foliage with yellow flowers on a background of reddish dried leaves.

Oregon grape is native to parts of the western United States. It is not a grape or a holly, but rather a type of barberry. It grows to a height of 3 to 6 feet and has dark, glossy leaves with spines along the leaf margins. It produces purple berries, which are a source of food for wildlife. The berries were traditionally used for food and dye.

Bright yellow inflorescence
Yellow flowers and shiny leaves
Growth habit and glossy pinnate leaves
Closeup of yellow flowers and glossy leaves with tiny spines on leaf margins
Cluster of small bright blue berries with red foliage behind them and green foliage farther behind them.

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