Mahonia repans

 
Latin Name: Mahonia repans
Common Name: Creeping Oregon Grape Holly
Mature Height (ft): 18"
Mature Width: 24-30"

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Low mounding.
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Remarks

Mahonia repans is one of my favorite plants with four seasons of interest. Low growing and spreading evergreen shrub is native throughout the Rocky Mountains. Bright yellow berries in spring are followed by black berries in summer and reddish winter foliage. The leaves are thick, glossy and holly shaped. Creeping Oregon grape holly prefers amended, humusy soil that replicates its native habitat as an understory plant in woodlands, but is low water-use once established. It will spread to cover an area, but not invasive. Very attractive!

Use in Garden

Very useful plant in the home landscape. One of my favorite groundcovers for shady areas, but can take sunlight when planted under deciduous trees. Cut branches work well into winter flower arrangements.

Maintenance

Topdress with an inch of compost in the fall.