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Cabeza Prieta Natural History Association
Sonoran Desert Plants
Berberis harrisoniana (Kofa Mountain Barberry)

Cabeza Prieta Peak


 Berberis harrisoniana

Habitat: mountains
Life Form: shrub,medium
Leaf Description: alternate,trifoliate,leaflets with spine-tipped lobes,stiff,smooth
Flower Color: yellow
Flowering Period: Feb to March
Spines: spines on leaves
Family: Berberidaceae (barberry family)
Abundance: uncommon
Additional Information:
Felger, R.S., S. Rutman, C.M. Guilliams, and J. Malusa. 2015. Ajo Peak to Tinajas Altas: Flora of Southwestern Arizona: Part 10. Eudicots: Berberidaceae, Bignoniaceae and Boraginaceae. Phytoneuron 2015-1, 1-60 page 4 (5.9 MB pdf)

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Our member horticultural expert is Hank Jorgensen. For more information on this plant species, see Hank's page on Berberis harrisoniana (opens in a new tab).






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