Berberis vulgaris. N.O. Berberidaceae.
Synonym ► Berberidis, Berbery, Gouan. Habitat ► Woods and hedges, also gardens.
Features ► Shrub or bush, three to eight feet high. Leaves obovate, bristly serratures. Flowers bright yellow clusters, raceme, pendulous. Berries red, oblong. Stem bark thin, yellowish-grey externally, inner surface orange yellow, separating in layers. Root dark brown, short fracture. Very bitter taste.
Part used ► Bark, rootbark.
Action ► Tonic, antiseptic, purgative.
Jaundice and other liver derangements. General debility. Regulates digestion, corrects constipation. 1/4 teaspoonful of powdered bark, three or four times daily.