So much life in one place and beautiful barberries

By madventure | Nature, Photography | 12 Jun 2024

Ottawa barberry


This beautiful plant has one characteristic feature. During the flowering period, the leaves of the plant have an intense dark red color, often with blue discolorations. In combination with beautiful yellow flowers, it looks phenomena


Ottawa barberry is quite popular in home gardens in all kinds of flowerbeds. Often grown in boxes on terraces.


This one is located in a park that I visit almost every day. It is a natural hedge among forest alleys.


The shrub usually has a more or less spherical shape and can grow up to 4 m in height. Flowers appear in spring, usually in May, but when it is warm and early spring, already in April.

The flowers produce bright red fruits that remain on the bush through the winter. Berberis fruits are edible and very healthy.


They are rich in vitamin C, E, A. The fruit is also used in the kitchen. It makes excellent jams, tinctures, juices that have healing properties.

Fruits and leaves are used in natural medicine and herbal medicine. The healing ingredient is "berberine", which is found throughout the plant, including the roots, and has antiviral and antibacterial properties.

Due to the very high content of vitamin C, barberry is called the "lemon of the north".

This plant has also been used in the cosmetics industry for the production of creams and oils that protect against harmful UVA and UVB radiation.


Common barberry


The more common variety is barberry. It also has the same properties as Ottawa barberry. It has identical flowers, differs mainly in the color of the leaves, which are green.



On this old spruce trunk, new life has arisen. But not one, but many. The old rotten trunk became a breeding ground for moss, mushrooms grew on it, i.e. dryad's saddle. Grass grows around it, milkweed, a small oak tree, probably planted by squirrels and Ajuga genevensis.



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