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Creeping Oregon-grape

Mahonia repens

Description:

Groups of yellow ball-like flowers on this waxy green-and-red leaved, low-growing ground cover plant. I don't know if these yellow balls will open up to look more like flowers or not. At first, I thought they were berries instead of flowers, but I've never seen yellow berries!

Habitat:

Steep, rocky, scree-covered hillsides with Ponderosa pine and native grasses. Pine trees widely spaced so there was a lot of sun. These ivy-like plants covered a hillside and were full of these yellow blooms.

Notes:

According to Wikipedia, this is a medicinal plant: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oregon-grap...

1 Species ID Suggestions

Colt
Colt 10 years ago
Oregon Grape
Berberis repens


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2 Comments

kristin.d.conrad
kristin.d.conrad 10 years ago

Thank you for the ID, CharlotteWest! I looked for an hour on the internet last night and couldn't find anything! Sounds like an interesting, medicinal plant, too: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oregon-grap....

kristin.d.conrad
kristin.d.conrad 10 years ago

Thank you for the ID, CharlotteWest! I looked for an hour on the internet last night and couldn't find anything! Sounds like an interesting, medicinal plant, too: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oregon-grap....

kristin.d.conrad
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kristin.d.conrad

Colorado, USA

Spotted on Apr 1, 2011
Submitted on Apr 2, 2011

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