mahonia aquifolium


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Not a grape, but a powdery purplish-black colored blue berry that clusters like grape, with shiny holly-like leaves and clusters of bright yellow bell-shaped edible flowers. Edible berries are quite tart with large seeds. The roots have the strongest medicinal strength. Contains alkaloid berberine, which is anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial to treat infections. Has a direct action on the skin when applied topically. Good for gums. Over 80% effective in relieving psoriasis, eczema, dermatitis, dandruff, acne and dry scaly skin. Alkaloids extracted from the root and bark have strong anti-microbial, anti-tumor and antifungal properties, and are potent antioxidants which neutralize skin damaging free radicals. Also used for prostate, blood cleanser, kidney, liver, gallbladder, diuretic, laxative. Do not take while pregnant or breastfeeding. Do not take with licorice which cancels-out the berberine effectiveness. Inner bark and roots bright yellow and used as yellow dye. Flowers used to make lemonade-type drink.
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Relaxant properties of some aporphine alkaloids from Mahonia aquifolium.
FOR DRY SHADE (including banks): Mahonia aquifolium, 2ft, fragrant yellow flowers in winter; Iris foetidissima, 1-2ft, grass-like foliage, mauve flowers; Rubus, prostrate evergreen with dark green leaves.
Others which between them flower for several months are cotoneaster horizontalis, mahonia aquifolium, geranium species, sedum spectabile, brooms and flowering current.
He shows me a garrya eliptica and its hanging catkins, tiny pale blue vinca major and minor, the flowering mahonia aquifolium and cherry laurels, with their distinct candle-shaped buds.
A Here are three that are at their best in the worst winter weather ( all evergreen, hardy, reliable, and easily pruned for shape and size: Mahonia aquifolium, which has fragrant yellow blooms from January to March and glossy, holly-like leaves; Viburnum tinus , with clusters of pink flower buds which open white and last from December to March; and Skimmia japonica , the male form for clusters of reddish, scented flowers and the female for bunches of scarlet berries, if grown near a male.
Mahonia `Charity' produces long racemes of yellow flowers, lily-of-the-valley scented, early in winter while the old species Mahonia aquifolium makes up for its smaller flowers by producing them freely and scenting the air from January to April.