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Creeping Mahonia
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Ranunculales
Family: Berberidaceae
Genus: Mahonia
Species: M. repens
Binomial name
Mahonia repens
(Lindl.) G. Don

Creeping Mahonia, Creeping Oregon-grape or Creeping barberry or Prostrate Barberry, Mahonia repens, is the species of Mahonia native to the Rocky Mountains and adjacent areas of North America, from British Columbia and Alberta in the north to Arizona and New Mexico in the south. It is also found in some areas of California and Nevada. Its range extends just into Mexico.


Creeping Mahonia is a typical mahonia with conspicuous matt blue berries and shiny leaves. It grows as a subshrub. The yellow flowers appear in the middle of spring, and the blue berries in early summer. Although it is evergreen, in fall the leaves turn an attracting bronze. It slowly spreads.


Creeping Mahonia is used in native plant, water conserving - drought tolerant, regular residential, and wildlife gardens. It is a low-water needing ground cover for shade and brighter habitats-locations, and in gardens under oaks to reduce or eliminate irrigation that can threaten mature Quercus trees. Berries and foliage are resistant to attack by deer.

It is a 'year-round attractive' hardy plant, tolerant of drought, frost and heat, so it is popular with landscape designers and gardeners. It can provide good ground cover in a cold situation. In garden conditions, and where their ranges overlap in nature, it hybridises readily with Oregon-grape, Mahonia aquifolium, and the hybrids are less prostrate in their habit than the pure stock.

Common Names[]

Creeping Mahonia,Creeping Holly Grape