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Oregon Grape

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Oregon Grape

This is a real close-up where you can see the individual flowers, which grow in clumps, similar to grapes. On the top of the plant, some of the flowers are missing, so I’m wondering if the birds haven’t gotten to them already. Any surviving flowers will turn into ‘grape-clusters’ that birds and other animals feed on through the summer.

Since this is a native plant, I was surprised a fence was needed around it to protect from nibbling deer. When it grows tall enough, I will remove the fence. In the meantime, I am planting deer-resistant plants around it to see if deterrence will work. Have to say, I am not optimistic, as I’ve learned it is hard to stop hungry deer.

Author: susanpots

potter, gardener of flowers and vegies

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