Mahonia repens

Season: Blooms may to July
Habitat: grows in coniferous forests up to the timberline
Tools: solid container or bag for berries
Identification: looks like holly, has small frosted blue grapes in clusters
Edibility: sour, ripe berries are edible raw or cooked
High in vitamin c
The roots, stems, and leaves of this plant contain a substantial amount of the bright yellow, bitter alkaloid berberine. Berberine is known to possess strong antimicrobial qualities, used as an aid to fight infection, both topically and internally
Berberine also well known for stimulating bile production, and for this purpose it has been used to treat a variety of liver and digestive disorders
Makes goldenrod yellow dye