The garden displays a variety of fruiting plants in mid and late summer. Here are a few examples for you to keep an eye out for on your visit.
Botanic Name: Berberis aquifolium Common name:Oregon-grape Family: Berberidaceae Oregon’s state flower typically grows to a height of around 5’, but can get as tall as 10’. Its leaves have been compared to that of the holly, but their overall shape is somewhat more rounded in comparison. In the spring it sports dainty yellow blossoms that eventually turn to bright purple berry clusters by autumn. Look for this native plant throughout the garden grounds.
Botanic Name: Berberis nervosa Common name: dwarf Oregon-grape Family: Berberidaceae
Dwarf Oregon-grape is plentiful, and you will readily find it here in the garden. With longer, more densely purple-berried stems and longer holly-like leaves than its relative, Oregon-grape, it is beloved not only by humans as a lower growing shrub, but also by animals and birds. Its ability to tolerate sun, shade, even deep shade and drought make it a common western regional resident from British Columbia to California.
Botanic Name: Potentilla indica Common name: false strawberry Family: Rosaceae
False strawberry hails from Southeast Asia, and has been naturalized here. On the garden grounds, keep an eye out for this low growing plant with roughly veined, green trifoliate leaves (groups of three), yellow blossoms, and a berry that resembles a strawberry. It is edible, but is reportedly not very flavorful, so is more often used as an ornamental.
Botanic name: Prosartes smithii Common name: Smith’s fairy bells Family: Liliaceae Native to North America, Smith’s fairy bells has lovely, bell-shaped flowers that hang down at intervals along the stem. Small orange fruits appear in mid-summer. The fruits are edible but very sour. Fairy bells is a woodland plant that does well in shady, moist areas. It is an evergreen that spreads by underground rhizomes and makes a great ground cover.
Botanic name: Vaccinium parvifolium Common name: red huckleberry Family: Ericaceae Red huckleberry is a deciduous shrub with slightly zigzagging stems that is native to North America. The flowers are a soft pink followed by glowing, red-orange, edible berries. The berries were extensively used in stews and jams by Native Americans. Due to its resemblance to salmon eggs, the fruit was often used as fishing bait. The thin twigs of the shrub are used in basket weaving.