Mahonia aquilifolium* /Barberry Family
This is not a common wildflower, it is usually found as a garden escape. Mine came from a friend's yard 24 years ago. The "grape" in the name comes from the small juicy fruits that appear in the fall. The pretty yellow clusters of flowers can bloom as early as mid-January. On a warm winter day honeybees may be seen foraging for nectar. The stiff leaflets are sharp and spiky like holly. I have been jabbed more than once when cleaning up dead leaves below the plant! Ouch!
Perennial - Shrub
Where seen: Oak Ridge, Knoxville