Prostrate or low-growing. Stems woody. Leaves divided into 5–7 egg-shaped, dull-surfaced leaflets 1–3 in. with 15–43 teeth. Flowers yellow, in terminal cluster at top of short stem, followed by egg-shaped, edible, blue berries. Often considered a variety of tall Oregon-grape, B. aquifolium, and growing in the same habitats: woodlands, conifer forests, canyons, but can also grow in drier areas at low to mid elevations.
- Rarity: Common
- Flowering Time: Late Spring, Early Summer
- Life Cycle: Perennial
- Height: 4--8 inches
- Habitat: East-Side Forest, West-Side Forest
- Found In: Siskiyous, Wallowas, Steens, East Gorge, N Cascades Np
- Native: Yes