Page authors: Don Knoke, David Giblin
Berberis repens
creeping Oregon-grape
WTU specimens
Other herbaria

Distribution: Occurring chiefly east of the Cascades crest in Washington; British Columbia south to California, east to the Rocky Mountains.

Habitat: Foothills to open forested slopes.

Flowers: April-June

Origin: Nativce

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Procumbent, evergreen woody shrub 1-5 dm. tall, widely stoloniferous.


Leaves alternate, pinnate, leathery; leaflets 5-7, oblong to ovate, 3-7 cm. long and 2-5 cm. broad, pinnately nerved from the mid-vein, usually glossy above and dull and glaucous below and covered with minute, rounded projections , with 13-43 inconspicuous, spiny teeth.


Inflorescence of several bracteate racemes 3-6 cm. long; perianth of 5 alternating whorls of 3 members each; outer 3 greenish-yellow, 2-3 mm. long (bracts); next 6 bright yellow, 6-8 mm. long (sepals); inner 6 bright yellow, slightly shorter, bi-lobed, oblong (petals); stamens 6, opposite the petals; filaments with 2 divergent teeth at the tip; style none, stigma sessile.


Berry deep blue, glaucous, globose-ellipsoid, 7-14 mm. long.

Accepted Name:
Berberis repens Lindl.
Publication: Bot. Reg. plate 1176. 1828.

Berberis aquifolium Pursh var. repens (Lindl.) Scoggan
Berberis aquilifolium Pursh f. repens (Lindl.) B. Boivin
Berberis nana
Berberis sonnei (Abrams) McMinn
Mahonia repens (Lindl.) G. Don
Mahonia sonnei Abrams
Odostemon repens (Lindl.) Cockerell
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Berberis repens in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Berberis repens checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Berberis repens atlas page.

CalPhotos: Berberis repens photos.

USDA Plants: Berberis repens information.

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