Page authors: David Giblin, Don Knoke
Symphoricarpos mollis
creeping snowberry
WTU specimens
Other herbaria

Distribution: Occurring on both sides of the Cascades crest in Washington; British Columbia south to California, east to Idaho and Nevada.

Habitat: Slopes and forest edges, often where wet.

Flowers: May-July

Origin: Native

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Deciduous, trailing shrub 1-3 m. long, often rooting at the nodes, the branches rising less than 0.5 m.; young twigs usually puberulent.


Leaves opposite, elliptic or sometimes ovate, 1-3 cm. long and 5-20 mm. wide, entire, or with a few coarse teeth or shallow lobes, glabrous above and puberulent below.


Inflorescence a short, dense, terminal, few-flowered raceme, sometimes also in the upper axils; corolla pink, bell-shaped, 3-5 mm. long and wide, the 5 lobes equaling the tube, long-hairy within at the base of the lobes; stamens 5, anthers a little shorter than the filaments; styles glabrous, 2-3 mm. long.


: Fruit berry-like, sub-globose, 5-6 mm. long.

Accepted Name:
Symphoricarpos mollis Nutt.
Publication: Fl. N. Amer. 2(1): 4. 1841.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
var. hesperius – creeping snowberry
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Symphoricarpos mollis in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Symphoricarpos mollis checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Symphoricarpos mollis atlas page.

CalPhotos: Symphoricarpos mollis photos.

USDA Plants: Symphoricarpos mollis information.

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