Holly-type leaf with cactus appearance

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Date Photo Taken: March 16, 2012
Location: Sautee Nacoochee, GA


This appears at random here in the mountains of Northern Georgia. Sometimes it has a yellowing or oranging color to it. The ones on my property are green. Now that the plant has aged a bit, it has a yellow bloom in the early morning hours. One of my neighbors staked theirs for support. What is this plant, please?


  1. buck Unregistered says:

    Appears to be a variety of Mahonia.

    March 18th, 2012 at 2:15 pm
  2. Bobby Unregistered says:

    Mahonia. http://www.walterreeves.com/gardening-q-and-a/mahonia-identification/

    March 18th, 2012 at 2:21 pm
  3. Jackie Unregistered says:

    Is this a weed that I should cut it out?

    March 19th, 2012 at 11:48 am
  4. Mark Unregistered says:

    I think I have two of these in the back border of my yard. I’ll have to take some pictures. Looks like a scary monster out of a scary movie. The ones in my yard are a good three or four feet tall!

    March 19th, 2012 at 3:28 pm
  5. Elinor Cook Unregistered says:

    This is a mahonia, often called Oregon Grape. The birds love the berries and the blooms are just now starting. Pretty yellow spikes that then turn into berries that look like minature grapes.

    March 19th, 2012 at 5:49 pm
  6. Lisa Alcorn Unregistered says:

    Mahonia sp.

    March 19th, 2012 at 6:22 pm
  7. Anne Unregistered says:

    this is a mahonia; they are wonderful plants to have. winter blooming cascades of yellow, turning to black berries the birds love. very hardy!

    March 19th, 2012 at 8:00 pm
  8. carolhight Flower Fanatic says:

    The birds scatter the seeds and they’ll come up everywhere. There are lots of natives that the birds love to feast on their seeds, so bypass this one.

    March 19th, 2012 at 9:01 pm
  9. Ada Y. Unregistered says:

    i think it is Mahonia bealei Leatherleaf Mahonia

    I’m a student at Gwinnett Technical College.
    For details on the department and classes go to http://www.gwinnetttech.edu/horticulture/

    March 23rd, 2012 at 12:35 pm
  10. JudysGardens Registered says:

    Mahonia, Mahonia. They make a great border plant, but be careful of the stickery leaves. They bloom in the spring, and if you can get close to the blossoms, inhale deeply; they have a wonderful aroma.

    March 29th, 2012 at 9:38 pm

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