Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Creeping Oregon Grape

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Mahonia repens, or Creeping Oregon Grape is one of the few non-native shrubs in our native-plant garden. These plants are very drought resistant and will spread to cover shady areas with their deep-green holly-like foliage. Bright yellow flowers bring a welcome splash of color to the yard in late spring along with the also-early pink blooms of the manzanita above. Later on the branches will bear clusters of bluish berries that attract wildlife.

The flowers are tiny, each bud only 1/8th inch in diameter, but they bloom in large clusters which makes them quite attractive. The pear, plum, and peach trees are also flowering (a bit early I'm afraid) and that's about it for the bloomin' moment.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Later on the branches will bear clusters of bluish berries that attract wildlife."

Or that can be made into a lovely jam.

11:58 AM  
Blogger tansy said...

this is something i'd like to get growing in my garden. i've got seeds but so far have not been successful with germination.

12:03 PM  
Blogger Sandy Hatcher-Wallace said...

Very pretty and you said drought resistance...we could use a plant like that in our woods.

6:08 PM  
Blogger Endment said...

We used to have this growing in our yard when we lived in California. I like the deep-green color and the fact that the plant will grow under nearly any conditions.

8:14 AM  
Blogger clairesgarden said...

I have a tall mahonia that flowers in the winter and it has a beautiful scent, is this one scented too?

1:21 PM  

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