Invasive Species Council of British Columbia
Grow Me Instead

Oregon grape

Berberis nervosa

About This Species

Zone 5a BC Native

Grow me instead of Daphne (Spurge-Laurel), English holly

This BC native is often mistaken for the invasive English Holly. It has spikey, evergreen, opposite leaves. It blooms sweetly scented, yellow flowers in early spring and are replaced by blue berries. The berries attract birds and other animals . This species requires shade and well-drained soils but tolerates occasional drought and wet conditions. Oregon grape is a very tough little Pacific Northwest plant suitable for most gardens.

When selecting non-invasive plants for your garden, be sure to look for those that are suitable for your location, including moisture requirements, hardiness zone, and avoidance of known bear attractants among other factors.

Plant Special Features

  • Drought-tolerant
  • Pollinator friendly

Moisture Requirements


Dry or occasionally moist conditions