Mahonia Repens - Cultivation

Cultivation

Creeping mahonia is cultivated as an ornamental plant for use in natural landscaping; and in water conserving - drought tolerant, traditional residential, native plant habitat and wildlife gardens. It is a low-water needing ground cover for shade and brighter habitats—locations, and in gardens under oaks to reduce or eliminate irrigation that can threaten mature Quercus trees. Berries and foliage are resistant to browsing by deer.

It is a 'year-round attractive' hardy plant, tolerant of drought, frost and heat, so it is popular with landscape designers and gardeners. It can provide good ground cover in a cold situation. In garden conditions, and where their ranges overlap in nature, this species hybridises readily with Oregon-grape (Mahonia aquifolium), and the hybrids are less prostrate in their habit than the pure stock.

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