A Texas native, the agarita shrub is well-known for it’s beautiful evergreen, holly-like foliage. Note the spiky leaves. It is one of the first bloomers of the year, with sweet-smelling yellow flowers from February to April. While in bloom, it’s a real bee magnet given they have little else to choose from this early in the year. When it’s red berries ripen, it draws birds and small mammals to enjoy a feast. Humans use them to make lovely jelly and wine. It is often referred to as Chaparral berry or wild currant. Drought tolerant, and wildlife friendly, the agarita makes a good addition to any native plant garden.