Mahonia – the holly and the house

Oregon Grape

Oregon Grape

It’s not really a grape, though you can make it into jelly and it comes in colors from orange to red to purple.  It’s a little prickly, but it’s the state flower of Oregon, even though its flowers aren’t exactly gigantic.  Mahonia looks like the holly you see at Christmastime, and it likes the same kind of climate as its more famous lookalike.

Mahonia is the scientific term for a kind of barberry that grows in the Beaver State, and Mahonia Hall is the name given to its official Governor’s Mansion

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