Hansen's Northwest Native Plant Database

Mahonia [Berberis] repens (Creeping Oregon Grape, Creeping Mahonia, Creeping Barberry, Prostrate Barberry or Truckee Barberry)


 Plantae – Plants


 Tracheobionta – Vascular plants


 Spermatophyta – Seed plants


 Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants


 Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons






 Berberidaceae – Barberry family


 Mahonia Nutt. – barberry


 Mahonia repens (Lindl.) G. Don – creeping barberry


Photo, right, credit:  Maja Dumat - Flickr 

This is the superior ground cover of the Oregon Grape species, recommended to cover large open areas not suitable for lawn.

Growing a mere 12-18" tall and spreading by rhizomes, Creeping Oregon Grape tolerates sun or shade and is drought resistant after established.

In the wild, this variety flourishes in areas that have been recently logged as well as forested areas along the Pacific coast and throughout the southwestern States, USDA zones 4-10.

It has dull green holly-like leaves, fragrant yellow flowers and blue-purple edible fruits.

This species is considered endangered and is protected by the state of California.

Observe photo at right: springtime green!

For a short comparison of native Oregon Grapes, click here.

Photos, left and right, credit:  André Karwath (aka)


Photo credits, from left: Matt Lavin, Michael G Alder, Matt Lavin


Photo, right, credit:  Stephen Lea

Photos, above, credit: Stan Shebs


Photo, left, credit:  Daderot, Regional Parks Botanic Garden, Berkeley, CA; Photo, right, credit:  Matt Lavin

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