Creeping Oregon Grape

Mahonia repens

This low, sprawling North American native shrub features leathery, spiny, green foliage, and sprays of bright yellow spring flowers that are followed by clusters of blue-black fruit in late summer. Excellent for use as a large scale groundcover in a woodland garden, or in a small shrub grouping. Provides effective erosion control for slopes. Evergreen.
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Filtered sun, Partial shade, Partial sun

Water regularly - weekly; less once established, more in extreme heat.

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Botanical Pronunciationma-HOH-nee-a REE-penz
Average Size at MaturityModerate growing; reaches 1 to 2 ft. tall, spreading 3 to 4 ft. wide.
Bloom TimeSpring
Design IdeasHere is one of the best native groundcovers for gardens with lots of oak trees and deer. Dense prickly growth can be used as an edging material to ease the transition from paving to a shade garden. A natural drought-resistant component of wild and woodland gardens for weed control and around the edges of landscape boulders. Looks lovely spreading out in Asian-style gardens beneath shrubs that have lost their lower leaves.
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Flower AttributeFragrant, Showy Flowers
Flower ColorYellow
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleAsian/Zen, Contemporary, Rustic
Growth HabitSpreading
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseBorder, Firescaping/Firewise, Mass Planting, Woodland Garden, Hillside, Wildlife Garden, Dry Shade, Ground Cover
Light NeedsFiltered sun, Partial shade, Partial sun
Soil NeedsAll-Purpose Plant Food
Special FeatureEasy Care, Edible, Improved Pest and Disease Resistance, Naturalizes Well, North American Native Selection, Showy Fruit, Waterwise, Year-round Interest, Bird Friendly
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly - weekly; less once established, more in extreme heat.
Companion PlantsWitch Hazel (Hamamelis); Azalea (Azalea); Fern (Asplenium); Clethra (Clethra); Lily of the Valley Shrub (Pieris)

Prefers humusy, lightly acidic, well-drained soil. Space 3 to 4 ft. apart as groundcover; closer for faster coverage. Water deeply, regularly in first growing season to establish root system. Once established, reduce frequency; tolerates dry shade. Apply a controlled-release fertilizer in spring. Spreads along surface by stolons.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 5-9

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