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Creeping Barberry, Creeping Hollygrape
Mahonia repens (Berberis aquifolium var. repens, Berberis repens)


Creeping barberry is a low-growing rhizomatous shrub that is usually no more than ten inches high. It is native to protected canyons and pine forests high in the Guadalupe Mountains of the Trans-Pecos, west to California and north to Canada. Unlike the other native Texas barberry species, creeping barberry is not drought and heat tolerant and has not performed well in landscapes in most of the state, although it has reportedly been grown successfully in Dallas, with supplemental water and compost added to the soil. Because it spreads moderately by rhizomes it is useful as a ground cover or for planting under other shrubs. The holly-like leaves are rounded and often colored muted shades of green and red. Purple berries occur in late summer.

Plant Habit or Use: groundcover
small shrub

Exposure: partial sun

Flower Color: yellow

Blooming Period: spring

Fruit Characteristics: dark purple berry

Height: to 1 foot

Width: to 1 foot

Plant Character: evergreen

Heat Tolerance: low

Water Requirements:

Soil Requirements: neutral

USDA Hardiness Zone: 3

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