Definition of Oregon grape in English:

Oregon grape

(also Oregon grape holly)


  • An evergreen shrub of the western coastal US bearing yellow flowers and edible blue berries.

    • ‘Berberine, a constituent of herbs such as goldenseal, barberry, and Oregon grape, has broad-spectrum antibiotic activity.’
    • ‘Palmatine is a constituent of many of these plants, which include goldthread, yellow root, Oregon grape, celandine, and barberry.’
    • ‘There are several species and varieties of garden-worthy mahonias, including ground-covering species like M. repens and M.aquifolium, the Oregon grape.’
    • ‘Several Mahonia species bear the name Oregon grape, and others are associated with Mexico or the south-west of the USA.’
    • ‘Where I live, native plants such as vine maple, Oregon grape, and salal flourish in the natural landscape, and I say, great, let them flourish there, but keep them out of my garden.’