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State Flower Oregon Grape
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State Flower Oregon Grape
The Legislature designated the Oregon Grape (Mahonia aquifolium) as the Oregon state flower by resolution in 1899. A low-growing plant, the Oregon Grape is native to much of the Pacific Coast and is found sparsely east of the Cascades. Its year-round foliage of pinnated, waxy green leaves resembles holly. The plant bears clusters of small yellow flowers in early summer and a dark blue berry that ripens late in the fall. The fruit can be used in cooking.