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Common names:
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Botanical names:
Mahonia repens Accepted
Odostemon pumilus Synonym
Mahonia pumila Synonym
Berberis repens Synonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Partial Shade to Full Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 4b -31.7 °C (-25 °F) to -28.9 °C (-20 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 8b
Plant Height: 9 to 18 inches (20-45cm)
Plant Spread: 9 to 18 inches (20-45cm)
Leaves: Good fall color
Unusual foliage color
Other: dull blue-green leaves; reddish-purple winter foliage changes back to green in warm weather.
Fruit: Showy
Edible to birds
Other: fleshy, bluish berry with powdery bloom; each berry contains multiple seeds.
Fruiting Time: Summer
Other: fruit is often consumed early by birds, making it difficult to collect.
Flowers: Showy
Other: attractive, short, umbel-like clusters of yellow flowers.
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Spring
Late spring or early summer
Underground structures: Rhizome
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Alpine Gardening
Uses: Provides winter interest
Erosion control
Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Birds
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Tolerates dry shade
Drought tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Stratify seeds: 90 day cold moist stratification.
Days to germinate: stratified seed germinates in about 28 days if sown in spring at around 68 deg.F.
Suitable for wintersowing
Sow in situ
Can handle transplanting
Other info: around 51,000 seeds per pound.
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Other: Rhizome cuttings; semi-hardwood cuttings in summer and fall; hardwood cuttings with 3000 to 8000 ppm IBA in winter.
Pollinators: Various insects
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil
With thorns/spines/prickles/teeth


Photo gallery:
Location: Smith College Botanical Garden, z5, MADate: 2012-01-02
By eclayne
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Location: Smith College Botanical Garden, z5, MADate: 2012-01-02Winter color
By eclayne
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Location: Glen Ellyn, IllinoisDate: winter in the 1980'slong row of full-grown plants
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Location: Glen Ellyn, IllinoisDate: early spring in the 1980'srow of plants in bloom
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Location: Glen Ellyn, IllinoisDate: 2007-11-19flowers and foliage
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Photo courtesy of Joy Creek Nursery
By Joy
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Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Dec 25, 2019 10:33 AM

I've only seen this species once, and that was an excellent long row in my homeland of northeast Illinois. It makes a great groundcover.

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Posted by KFredenburg (Black Hills, SD - Zone 5a) on Jun 23, 2020 9:35 PM

Habitat: open pine forests. Range: western Canada to northeastern California and southern Nevada; east to Colorado, western Texas, South Dakota, and western Montana.

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Discussion Threads about this plant
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the typical characters by bamira Feb 7, 2015 9:13 PM 0
Cold spell in Northern Gardens by CarolineScott Oct 9, 2013 6:20 PM 59
Perennials for poor soil? by Val Dec 22, 2012 4:35 PM 14

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