Currant of Texas

Currant of Texas Algerita

Agarito, Currant of Texas

Mahonia trifoliolata (Moric.) Fedde

Whole plant

Family : Berberidaceae

Longevity : Perennial

Origin : Native

Season : Cool

Algerita is a shrub with holly-like leaves stemming from multiple branches. This plant resprouts vigorously after it has been disturbed. It can be from three to eight feet in height and is found in the South Texas Plains and the Edwards Plateau. Flowers bloom from February to April. White-tailed deer and small mammals use Algerita for forage and fruit, insects can forage this plant as well. Birds use the plant for fruit, protection and water. Cattle, goats, sheep and humans can eat the young, tender leaves. Wine and jelly can be prepared by the berries, plus the wood and roots fabricate a yellow dye. This plant has been used to treat toothaches and to dry syphilis sores.

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