Author: Jim Gorman

About Jim Gorman

Visitor Services Assistant



Bearberry is an evergreen, prostrate growing shrub which in autumn produces bright red fruits, often persisting into early winter that are indeed eaten by bears, as well as by deer, other smaller mammals, and birds. The etymology of the genus name is both Greek and Latin. In Greek, arctos means bear and staphyle is a bunch of grapes. In Latin, uva and ursi mean grape and bear respectively. Continue reading

December 3, 2020

Yellowroot, Xanthorhiza simplicissima

Herein, we pay tribute to Xanthorhiza simplicissima, Yellowroot, which in addition to its roots, also reliably displays yellow autumn foliage. This monotypic (only one species within the genus) subshrub’ botanical name translates from ‘xantho’ for yellow and ‘rhiza’ for root. Continue reading

September 30, 2020