Berberis trifoliolata (synonym: Mahonia trifiolata)
• Other common names: “Algerita,” “Agrito,” “Agrillo,” and “Laredo Mahonia.”
• Flowers in late winter with the fruit ripening in June.
• The red, acid berries make acid jellies and wine, and are gathered by placing sheets of cloth or burlap underneath the plant and thrashing the thorny bush with a stick.
• Has spiny, holly-like leaves.
• Is adapted to dry, stony hillsides over most of central and west Texas.
• Birds eagerly devour the berries, and the flowers are considered good bee food.
• Yellow dye is made from the wood and roots.