Mahonia repens (Lindl.) G. Don
Oregon grape, creeping barberry, creeping Oregon-grape
Kingdom Plantae Plants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
Subkingdom Tracheobionta Vascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
Division Magnoliophyta Flowering plants, also known as angiosperms
Class Magnoliopsida Dicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
Subclass Magnoliidae Includes magnolias, nutmeg, bay laurel, cinnamon, avocado, black pepper, and many others
Order Ranunculales Basal (evolved earlier) eudicots, also called “true dicots”
Family Berberidaceae Barberry family
Genus Mahonia After the Irish-born horticulturist Bernard McMahon (sometimes spelled M’Mahon) (1775-1816), described as a botanist and seedsman who came to the U.S. in 1796 and was a nurseryman in Philadelphia
Species repens Having creeping and rooting stems
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Creeping barberry is a low, creeping plant waxy-looking blue berries. It is a North American
Identification: The leaves are sharp-edged and shiny,
sometimes tinged with red or purple as well as dark green, 2-3" (5-7.6 cm) long. They are often mistaken for
holly leaves. The berries are oval-shaped,
sharply tapered at the ends, about ⅜" (9.5 mm) long, with a waxy or powdery-looking coating.
Flowers are yellow. Online References:
Wildflowers, Ferns & Trees of Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, and Utah
Montana Plant Life
Vascular Plants of the Gila Wilderness
Henriette’s Herbal Homepage
Plants for a Future, a resource and information centre for edible and otherwise useful plants
The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
The Missouri Botanical Garden
in Paghat's Garden
The U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service Older scientific or horticultural names
(Eastw.) L.C. Wheeler
Pursh var. repens (Lindl.) Scoggan
(Greene) A. Heller
Mahonia repens description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 25 May 2020.
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9/1/2007 · Mt. St. Helens, Washington
≈ 15 × 10" (37 × 24 cm) ID is uncertain
7/29/2023 · Garden in the Woods, Framingham, Massachusetts
Range: Zones 5-8:
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