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Named for Carl Peter (Pehr or Per) Thunberg (1743-1828), doctor, botanist, student of Linnaeus who collected plants in Japan, Sri Lanka and South Africa. He published Flora Japonica (1784); Prodomus plantarum capensis (2 vols., 1794, 1800); Icones plantarum japonicarum (1805); Flora capensis (1807-1823) on the South African collections, and Voyages de C.P. Thunberg au Japon par le Cap de Bonne-Espérance, les Isles de la Sonde (1796) about his travels. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in April 1788.
Oakeley, Dr. Henry. (2012). Doctors in the Medicinal Garden. Plants named after physicians. Royal College of Physicians. link


The species is anthelmic, antiseptic, and febrifuge.,

Geographical distribution

  • Asia-Temperate, Eastern Asia, Japan

Berberis thunbergii 'Kobold'

Genus: Berberis
Species: thunbergii
Cultivar: 'Kobold'
Common names: Japanese Barberry
Distribution summary: Japan
Habit: Shrub
Hardiness: H7 - Very hardy
Garden status: Currently grown
Garden location: Far East (L)
Flowering months: April, May
Reason for growing: Commemorative, medicinal

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