Creeping Oregon Grape
A tough and useful evergreen groundcover that thrives on shade and neglect. Native to the forest understory throughout the western Cascade Mountains, Creeping Oregon Grape forms a low sprawling shrub that stays about 2 feet tall or lower and produces an abundance of bright yellow flowers in spring followed by deep purple Mahonia berries or Oregon grapes as they’re sometimes called in late summer into fall. A great low maintenance ground cover for shade and a good plant to support wildlife.
Latin Name: Mahonia repens
Site and Soil: This Plant likes 1/2 day to full sun (partial shade in hot climates) and well drained soil. It is quite drought tolerant.
Pollination Requirements: Oregon Grape is self-fertile.
Hardiness: This Plant is hardy to minus 20° F.
Bearing Age: 1-2 years after planting
Size at Maturity: 1-2 ft. in height.
Bloom Time: Early spring
Ripening Time: Late summer
Yield: 1 quart
Pests & Diseases: This Plant is not bothered by pests or diseases
USDA Zone: 5
Sunset Western Zone: 2-12, 14-24
Sunset Northeast Zone: 31, 32, 34-41