Wordless Wednesday – Plant for Wildlife – Mahonia aquifolium

Mahonia aquifolium

Mahonia aquifolium

Nectar and Pollen maybe taken by Blackcaps, Bluetits and House Sparrow. Berries eaten by Blackbirds and Mistle Thrushes. Early flowering nectar source for Bees and Bumblebees. Bright Line Brown Eye, Cabbage and Peppered Moth Caterpillar Food Plant. Non-native introduced to UK in 1823.

34 thoughts on “Wordless Wednesday – Plant for Wildlife – Mahonia aquifolium

    • Thanks so much Annette, the header image was taken in a ancient woodland near home. M. japonica is a wonderful shrub, tough and structural, I’d like to grow that too but need more space!

    • I haven’t grown M. bealei and have just looked it up Tina. Your bees must love it, I imagine in Texas you have a wider range of nectar producing plants in winter than we do, although today we did see several Honeybees on a flowering hedge of Sarcoccoca ruscifolia, that took us by surprise in today’s chilly winter sunshine.

  1. beautiful flowers Julie, I planted one when I was first here but it never grew well and died, I have just bought another, I hope this time I get it to grow, I’ve learnt a lot in 14 years of trying to garden! Frances

    • I am struggling to think of many native winter nectar producing plants and wonder what happened before we introduced plants from afar and that we should all grow more Mahonias!

    • Hi Tammy, I have been inspired by your blog to try and track down a list of organic plant growers/suppliers here, but so far its proving harder than I realised. But will keep searching. Hope you have a lovely week.

  2. Lovely photo Julie. I have a Mahonia x ‘Media Charity’ which used to start flowering in late Autumn and go on til Christmas. Since the cold winter of 2012-13 (when its flowers were all frosted) it has started flowering earlier, in October, and is finished by the end of November. Very strange to have an intelligent shrub! I bought my mother a Mahonia aquifolium a few years ago and it is looking lovely at the moment.

    • I had M.Charity too Clare, thats a really lovely shrub, brains and beauty! Annoyingly though mine succumbed in a tub to a vine weevil grub attack. M. aquifolium is a really good doer and brings some much needed sunshine at this time of year, a lovely gift for your mum. I hope you have a lovely weekend. πŸ™‚

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