Botanical name: Berberidaceae
Botanical name: Berberidaceae
Species of Barberry
Achlys are a genus of flowering trees and shrubs. The genus is named Achlys after the Greek goddess Achlys. Dried achlys plants give off the aroma of vanilla, which is useful not only as an air freshener but also as an effective insecticide. Native tribes of British Columbia would hang bundles of the dried plants in doorways to keep away flies and mosquitoes.
Mayapple comprise a small genus of flowering herbaceous perennial plants in the Barberry family. All parts of these plants are poisonous, except for the fully ripe, edible yellow fruit which gives this genus the nicknames Mayapple and Ground lemon. However, the green fruit is still toxic.
Members of umbrellaleaf are adored by horticulturalists for use in shady or woodland gardens, as these perennial herbs provide excellent understory or ground cover. Some species provide great garden contrast in autumn, as their indigo berries stand out against fall colors; others produce blooms that turn translucent when wet, which was how they were given the name "Skeleton flowers." All umbrellaleaf genus members have split leaves.
Twinleaf (Jeffersonia) are a group of trees with two symmetrical lobes on their large, blue-green leaves. They look similar to those of a butterfly with its wings spread, which is why they are commonly called "twinleaf." White tubular flowers bloom on these plants in spring, and the fruits are cylindrical and capped. They are an excellent ground cover for shady areas, have few pests, and blend well with woodlands or shade gardens.
Barrenwort are hardy perennials that grow from an underground rhizome and have spider-like flowers. Many species as well as numerous cultivars and hybrids are grown as ornamentals; some have even gained the prestigious Award of Garden Merit by the British Royal Horticultural Society. The majority of barrenwort are endemic to China.
Blue Cohosh comprises a few species of perennial herbs that are characterized by their shade tolerance and woodland habitat. The plants in this genus are classed as toxic and should not be consumed by humans. All species are extremely similar in habit and appearance and produce yellow-green flowers in spring.
Inside-out flowers grow striking blossoms that are turned "inside-out," with the wide part of the petals facing the stem and a point facing outwards. Their flowers appear in spring and summer, and they are often grown in gardens or as ground cover, where their intriguing flowers make for wonderful viewing.
Gymnospermium is a group of tuberous flowering plants in the barberry family described as a genus in 1839. It is native to temperate Europe and Asia.
Salmon barberry are a group of plants that have been used in Asia and Europe for thousands of years. The fruits are often eaten by birds. These plants bear yellow flowers and tough leaves that often play host to caterpillars. They grow well in sunny, dry, sandy soil.
Nandina, also known as heavenly bamboo or sacred bamboo, is a genus containing only one species of a flowering shrub. It is widely grown as an ornamental plant, having a number of cultivars featuring bright-red autumn foliage. However, the showy red berries are toxic to birds, especially during the winter when other food sources are scarce.