Holly, Desert - Mahonia haematocarpa

(Redberry Mahonia, Red Barberry)

Ethnobotanical Uses

(High Country Gardens)


"Apache Fruit Berries eaten fresh. Apache, Chiricahua & Mescalero Preserves Fruit cooked with a sweet substance, strained, and eaten as jelly." (Moerman 329)


"Apache, Mescalero Eye Medicine Inner wood shavings soaked in water and used as an eyewash." (Moerman 329)

Other Uses:

"Apache, Mescalero Yellow Root shavings used to make a yellow dye for hides." (Moerman 329)