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Creeping Oregon Grape

Scientific name

Mahonia repens


The Creeping Mahonia is a low growing, evergreen shrub or groundcover that grows about 30 cm in height. This plant may also be known by the common names Oregon Grape or Creeping Barberry. The leaves are holly like, oval shaped, compound, blueish green coloured, and leathery. The flowers are deep yellow, fragrant, and appear on small drooping racemes clusters in April. These flowers produce grape like, dark blueish purple berries in the late summer. The fruit is edible and are beneficial for wildlife including many bird species and small mammals.

Planting conditions

Creeping Mahonia grows best in normal to moist, well drained soil with partial sun exposure. It prefers loam, or humus soil types with a slightly acidic or normal pH level. This plant is relatively tolerant of drought but may do poorly in intense sunlight. It may also do poorly in very windy areas so should be planted where there is some protection. This shrub grows naturally in dry, well drained forests and on partially shaded shorelines.


  • Plant height:
    • Max 1.5m
    • Max 2m
    • Max 3m
    • Any
  • Moisture level:
    • Normal
    • Moist
    • Drought Tolerant
  • Light conditions:
    • Partial sun
  • Soil type:
    • Loamy
    • Humus
  • pH:
    • Acidic
    • Normal
  • Depth:
    • Potted
  • Eco Zone:
    • 1b
    • 2a
    • 2b
    • 3a
    • 3b
    • 4a
    • 4b
    • 5a
    • 5b
    • 6a
    • 6b
  • Plant type:
    • Shrub
    • Ground Cover
  • Height:
    • 30 cm
  • Spread:
    • 2 m