Oregon Grape Seeds

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Oregon grape was the first, most coveted dye plant that I foraged.  I was living in a rickety garage apartment of a large retirement complex and the grounds were landscaped with native perennials, including a beautiful Oregon grape bush.  I was really interested in a large cluster of dark purple berries as my trusty dye book said that I could get a purple with alum on wool with the mashed fruit.  The manager would not let me harvest them, so I decided that a midnight raid would yield enough berries to try an exotic purple.  Problem was that the bush was right outside the open window of an insomniac, and every time I creeped near, she would peer out her window into the darkness, where I crouched, frozen.  I finally resorted to ever-so-slowly crawling on my belly up to the bush and picking the berries off one by one so she wouldn’t hear me.  There was never such a beautiful color as this hard won lavender shade!

These seeds are from Judi Pettite of BioHue, gathered in Placerville, CA.  Oregon grape is a NW native and the state flower of Oregon.  The large, dark green leaves are prickly and it grows into a large shrub, so give it some room. Hardy in zones 5-10, it is evergreen and produces tart dark purple berries which are edible with enough sugar poured on them.  The leaves will yield a yellow shade and the berries will yield a light to medium purple on protein fibers.  Each pack has about 30 seeds.  That’s nearly enough for an Oregon grape farm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please note:  We are sorry but we cannot ship this product internationally due to restrictions on plant and seed imports in most countries.

Additional information

Weight 4 g
Dimensions 4.5 × 3 × .2 in

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