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NEMO Nevada (Nonpoint Education for Municipal Officials)

Photo of Creeping barberry - creeping Oregon grape
Photo of Creeping barberry - creeping Oregon grape

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Photos: Photos Al Schneider,

Creeping barberry - creeping Oregon grape

Botanical Name: Mahonia repens

Can be used in these types of LID features:

  • Vegetated swales and large-scale features - YES
  • Bioretention cells/ rain gardens/small-scale features - YES
  • Green roofs - YES

Location in feature: Upland, Slope

Plant characteristics:

  • Native Status: Native
  • Height: 1-2' shrub
  • Mature shape or form: Multiple stems, spreading habit
  • Flowering time: Mid-Spring
  • Flower color: Yellow
  • Moderate potential to be weedy or invasive
  • Moderate commercial availability

Water issues:

  • Annual water requirement (in inches): 15-45
  • Drainage requirement: Requires good drainage
  • Poor tolerance of prolonged saturation
  • Poor tolerance of periodic flooding

Soil texture adaptation:

  • Poorly adapted to clay or fine-textured soils
  • Highly adapted to medium-textured soils
  • Poorly adapted to coarse-textured soils

Other tolerances:

  • High drought tolerance
  • Poor salinity tolerance
  • L/M wind tolerance
  • High shade tolerance

Maintenance requirement: Forms groundcover by creeping growwth. Can invade adjacent land if not controlled.

Notes: Creeping habit; stoloniferous growth; evergreen; berries provide wildlife food source

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