Creeping Oregon-grape or creeping barberry is a stoloniferous, sprawling evergreen of stiff habit with small, fragrant, yellow flowers in drooping racemes, followed by showy, purple fruit. The leathery, holly-like, compound leaves are a muted green, some turning mauve rose and rust-colored in winter. The plant grows 1-3 ft. in height.
A beautiful foliage groundcover for shade in the western mountains of the continent, Creeping Barberry has muted green leaves that are occasionally shades of pastel pinks, purples, and oranges. It thrives in good garden soil but does not tolerate high heat or drying wind. Its yellow spring blooms attract pollinators and its berries attract birds.
Creeping Barberry - Creeping Oregon Grape (Mahonia repens) Name: Creeping Barberry aka Creeping Oregon Grape Scientific Name: Mahonia repens zone: 5 to 8 plant height: 0.5-1 feet light requirements: part shade to full sun Soil & water preferences grow well in well-drained acidic soils. Duration: Perennial Habit: Shrub Leaf Retention: Evergreen Leaf Pubescence: Glabrous Leaf Texture: Smooth Breeding System: Flowers Bisexual Size Notes: 6 to 10 inches high in the wild; 1 to 2 feet high in cultivation Leaf: Bluish-green with some leaves in pastel pinks and oranges Flower: Flowers up to a quarter inch. Fruit: Blue 6-10 mm Size Class: 1-3 ft.