Symphoricarpos mollis

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Symphoricarpos mollis
Symphoricarpos mollis

Species Name: Symphoricarpos mollis
Common Name: Creeping snowberry

Attractive pink flowers and white berries. Berries are not edible. Good for dry, shady areas and erosion control.

Plant Family: Caprifoliaceae
Plant Type: Shrub
Height by Width: 2-3' H x 3' W
Growth Habit: low and spreading
Deciduous/Evergreen: Winter deciduous
Growth Rate: Slow
Sun Exposure: Part sun to shade
Soil Preference: Sand to clay
Water Requirements: Semi-dry
Cold Hardy to:
Flower Season: Spring
Flower Color: Pink
Endangered?: Not Listed
Distribution: Western California, Cascade Range, Sierra Nevada, British Columbia, Idaho, New Mexico.
Natural Habitat: Ridges, slopes, open places in woods. Elevation: below 9000'.

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Care and Maintenance

  • Introduced into cultivation in California by Theodore Payne.
  • From California Native Plants, Theodore Payne's 1941 catalog: "Low growing erect, diffusely branched deciduous shrub with roundish leaves, small pink flowers and snow-white berries. Found in shady places, the plants only growing a foot or so high, sending up many stems from the ground and soon spreading over a large space. Excellent as a ground cover under trees. Gallon cans, 50c."
Other Names
  • Bornstein, Carol, David Fross, and Bart O'Brien. California Native Plants for the Garden. Los Olivos, CA: Cachuma Press. 2005.