Berberis repens

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Scientific Name Berberis repens (Mahonia repens) USDA PLANTS Symbol
Common Name Creeping Barberry ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
Family Berberidaceae (Barberry) SEINet
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Description Habitat and life zones: Foothills to montane; hillsides and conifer woods.
Plant: Creeping evergreen shrub 1 to 8 inches tall.
Leaves: Pinnately-compound, overall up to 3 inches long; 3 to 5 (or 7) ovate-elliptic leaflets with spiny teeth.
Inflorescense Dense clusters of 25 to 50 small yellow flowers in terminal racemes 1 to 4 inches long, each with 6 yellow sepals surrounding 6 yellow petals.
Fruit: Smooth round, blue berries, 1/4 to less than 1/2-inch in diameter.
Bloom period: April to June.
References: Descr. adapted from "Guide to Colorado Wildflowers" by G.K. Guennel,, and "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield.
Colorado Status
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