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Taxon: Berberis vulgaris L.

Genus: Berberis
Family: Berberidaceae subfamily: Berberidoideae tribe: Berberideae subtribe: Berberidinae
Nomen number: 6992
Place of publication: Sp. pl. 1:330. 1753
Typification: View record from Linnaean Plant Name Typification Project of the Natural History Museum of London.
Name verified on: 20-May-1992 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last updated: 09-May-2011
Species priority site is: National Arboretum (NA).
Accessions: 3 in National Plant Germplasm System.

A declared aquatic or terrestrial noxious weed and/or noxious-weed seed in these U.S. states (see state noxious weed lists), with links to state information or web documents:
CT*, MA*, NH*, VT*.
ªAquatic. *Terrestrial. °In seed.
noxious weed information from Invaders Database System for northwestern U.S.

See also subordinate taxa:

Common names:

  • barberry   (Source: BSBI ) – English
  • common barberry   (Source: Hortus 3 ) – English
  • European barberry   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – English
  • jaundice-berry   (Source: Hortus 3 ) – English
  • piprage   (Source: Hortus 3 ) – English
  • épine-vinette   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – French
  • berbéris vulgaire   (Source: F NAmer ) – French
  • vinettier   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – French
  • Berberitze   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – German
  • Sauerdorn   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – German
  • berbis   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – Portuguese
  • espinho-de-São-João   (Source: D. Groth, p.c. 2005) – Portuguese (Brazil)
  • espinho-de-São-Simão   (Source: D. Groth, p.c. 2005) – Portuguese (Brazil)
  • agracejo   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – Spanish
  • espino cambrón   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – Spanish
  • berberis   (Source: Vara kulturvaxt namn ) – Swedish

Economic importance:


Distributional range:

    Western Asia: Turkey
    Caucasus: Armenia; Russian Federation - Ciscaucasia
    Middle Europe: Austria; Belgium; Czech Republic; Germany; Hungary; Netherlands; Poland; Slovakia; Switzerland
    East Europe: Belarus; Estonia; Latvia; Lithuania; Moldova; Russian Federation - European part; Ukraine [incl. Krym]
    Southeastern Europe: Albania; Bosnia and Herzegovina; Bulgaria; Croatia; Greece; Italy; Macedonia; Montenegro; Romania; Serbia; Slovenia
    Southwestern Europe: France; Spain

  • naturalized elsewhere

  • also cultivated




Check other web resources for Berberis vulgaris L.:


  • Seed: U.S. National Seed Herbarium image
  • Check for additional images
  • Google Images Images Note: Be advised that their identity may be inaccurate. Proper identification of a plant may require specialized taxonomic knowledge or comparison with properly documented herbarium material.

Abbreviations & symbols in GRIN Taxonomy

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Cite as:
USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program.
Germplasm Resources Information Network - (GRIN) [Online Database].
National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland.
URL: (05 October 2015)

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