Berberis vulgaris subsp. vulgaris

This subspecies is accepted
The native range of this subspecies is Europe to W. & N. Iran. It is a shrub and grows primarly in the temperate biome(s).


Native to:

Albania, Austria, Baltic States, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Central European Rus, Corse, Czechoslovakia, East European Russia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iran, Italy, Krym, North Caucasus, Northwest European R, Poland, Romania, Sardegna, Sicilia, South European Russi, Spain, Switzerland, Transcaucasus, Turkey, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Yugoslavia

Introduced into:

British Columbia, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Denmark, Finland, Great Britain, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Ireland, Kansas, Maine, Manitoba, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Netherlands, New Brunswick, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, New Zealand South, North Dakota, North European Russi, Norway, Nova Scotia, Ohio, Ontario, Pennsylvania, Portugal, Prince Edward I., Québec, Rhode I., South Dakota, Sweden, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin


Heterotypic Synonyms

POWO follows these authorities in accepting this name:

  • Govaerts, R., Nic Lughadha, E., Black, N., Turner, R. & Paton, A. (2021). The World Checklist of Vascular Plants, a continuously updated resource for exploring global plant diversity. Scientific Data 8: 215.

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Ackerfield, J. (2015). Flora of Colorado: 1-818. BRIT Press.
  • Flora of North America Editorial Committee (1997). Flora of North America North of Mexico 3: 1-590. Oxford University Press, New York, Oxford.
  • Gilman, A.V. (2015). New flora of Vermont. Memoirs of the New York Botanical Garden 110: 1-614.
  • Korovin, E.P. & Vvedensky, A.I. (eds.) (1953). Flora Uzbekistana 2: 1-547. Izd-va Akademii nauk Uzbekskoi SSR, Tashkent.
  • Larson, J., Reif, B., Nelson, B.E. & Hartman, R.L. (2014). Floristic studies in North Central New Mexico, U.S.A. the Sange de Cristo mountains. Journal of the Botanical Research Institute of Texas 8: 271-303.
  • Mohlenbrock, R.H. (2014). Vascular Flora of Illinois. A Field Guide, ed. 4: 1-536. Southern Illinois University Press, Carbondale.
  • von Raab-Straube, E. (ed.) (2005-continuously updated). The Euro+Med PlantBase - the information resource for Euro-Mediterranean plant diversity

Other Data

Other Kew resources that provide information on this taxon:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status Has image?
Berberis vulgaris var. asperma 11937.000 No
s.coll. [Cat. no. 1480] Berberis nepalensis K001113195 Yes
Wallich, N. [Cat. no. 1480], Nepal Berberis nepalensis K001113193 Yes
De Silva, F. [Cat. no. 1480] Berberis nepalensis K001113194 Yes


  • Herbarium Catalogue Specimens

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  • Kew Backbone Distributions

    • The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Vascular Plants 2022. Published on the Internet at and
    • © Copyright 2022 World Checklist of Vascular Plants.
  • Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone

    • The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Vascular Plants 2022. Published on the Internet at and
    • © Copyright 2022 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Vascular Plants.