05 March 2011

Agarita Blooms

Agarita, Mahonia trifoliolata, never ceases to amaze me with it's beautiful yellow flowers in the spring. This native shrub is one of our first spring bloomers around here, and the smell is intoxicating. I keep saying that I need to plant more of these prickly plants around the Grackle, but I've yet to follow up. So, mental note: plant more agarita! The birds love the bright red berries, which can also be made into a yummy jam.


RBell said...

That's a beautiful Agarita (I never realized it was in the genera Mahonia - the early yellow blooms make so much sense now).

Pam/Digging said...

I keep meaning to plant agarita too. It's attractive year-round, but especially so in bloom.