An evergreen barberry, forming a round, spiny bush with yellow flowers and black-purplish berries that ripen in mid-summer.
A Patagonian symbol, the Calafate has been used by the native tribes as medicinal, the delicious berries as food, and a pigment for textile and pottery decorations. A well-known local legend says that “whoever eats Calafate fruits, returns to Patagonia”.
Unfortunately not hardy enough for our region, eventually we’ll have to go and taste the fruits in their original habitat, like our friends who kindly collected seeds for us did!
Germination: said to have low percentage germination and requires cold-moist stratification (2-3 months).