Creeping Oregon grape is a smaller form of Tall Oregon grape, so it is perfect for a smaller space or an area where a low growing evergreen shrub is preferred. It’s also great to include in habitat restoration projects or erosion control on slopes. This species has a large range throughout the American West and southwest Canada. In the wild it is found in pine forest, red fir forests, open woods, chaparral, grasslands, and along streambanks in riparian habitat at various elevations, from the coast to the mountains, in a wide variety of habitats. Creeping Oregon grape generally has a maximum height of 2′ under cultivation, but usually grows lower than that in the wild. The bright yellow flowers bloom in spring to early summer, depending on elevation. Edible, juicy blue berries ripen in late summer. Like Tall Oregon grape, Creeping Oregon grape is also used for a variety of medicinal uses. This species is attractive to many pollinators, including native bees, and is deer resistant and drought tolerant. It makes a great groudcover and can tolerate part shade. Also referred to by the additional common name: Creeping barberry.
Creeping Oregon grape (Berberis aquifolium var. repens) seed packets contain approximately 30 seeds per packet.
Seed Germination Instructions:
90 days cold-moist stratification. Sow outside in fall to late winter.