E-Flora BC: Electronic Atlas of the Flora of British Columbia

Berberis repens
creeping Oregon-grape
Berberidaceae (Barberry family)

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© Jim Riley  Email the photographer   (Photo ID #27856)

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Species Information

Evergreen shrub from a rhizome; stems branched, more or less procumbent, widely stoloniferous, 15-100 cm tall; bark and wood yellowish.
Evergreen, hollylike, alternate, pinnate; leaflets 3-7, pinnately nerved, less than twice as long as broad, with 15-43 inconspicuous spiny teeth.
Inflorescence of clustered racemes 3-8 cm long; flowers yellow, the segments in 6's.
Clustered berries 8-14 mm in diameter, blue, glaucous, with a few large seeds, edible.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Dry rocky slopes and open forests in the steppe and montane zones; common in SE BC, rare in C and SC BC; E to AB and S to SD, TX, NM, NV and NE CA.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Ecological Framework for Berberis repens

The table below shows the species-specific information calculated from
original data (BEC database) provided by the BC Ministry of Forests and Range.
(Updated August, 2013)

Site Information
Value / Class




Elevation (metres) 75 1223 2142
Slope Gradient (%) 0 34 202
Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]
5 205 350
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
0 3 6
Modal Nutrient Regime
Number of field plots
 species was recorded in:
Modal BEC Zone Class
All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in: AT(5), CWH(1), ESSF(38), ICH(14), IDF(43), MS(74), PP(8), SBS(40)

Synonyms and Alternate Names

Mahonia repens (Lindl.) G. Don

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