creeping Oregon grape
Spiny leaves – reminiscent of holly foliage – of blue to deep green adorn this stoloniferous shrublet which grows to about 12 inches tall and spreads slowly forming a tight groundcover. In late winter to early spring tight clusters of bright canary yellow flowers burst forth to welcome garden pollinators. By late summer to early fall dark blue-purple berries may form and, while sour, are edible after one or two heavy frosts and can be made into jelly when ripe. The evergreen foliage may turn purplish in winter.
Colors & Combos
Great Color Contrasts: gold, silver, white, variegated
Great Color Partners: dark green, chartreuse, blue
Culture NotesThis low growing mahonia is tough. It will grow well in full sun to deep shade. In full sun the foliage will turn an attractive plum color. It prefers a moist to well-drained soil, but will tolerate sand and clay. Once established it is drought tolerant, although plants in full sun can yellow if kept excessively dry. Occasional watering during dry weather will help plants in sun to maintain a rich green foliage color. Little pruning is necessary other than the removal of dead or broken limbs.
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Plant Type: spreading shrub
Foliage Type: evergreen
Plant Height: 1 ft. 0 in. (0.30 m.)
Plant Width/Spread: 4 ft. 0 in. (1.22 m.)
Hardiness: USDA Zones 6 to 9
Flower Color: yellow
Sun/Light Exposure: full sun to deep shade
Water Requirements: drought tolerant once etsbalished