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Crinkle-leaf Creeper

Scientific name: Rubus calycinoides

Type:Groundcovers evergreen
Plant Requirements
Zone:6 to 10
Sun:Full to partial sun
Plant Characteristics
Height:0 ft
Width:5 ft
Bloom Time:May to June
Bloom Color:White
Additional Characteristics



Wildlife value

Description Crinkle-leaf Creeper is sold at the garden center as quilt textured creeping groundcover that will slowly grow in large mats to fill in the flower bed without becoming invasive.

This evergreen groundcover grows in dense low mats, attaining a height of 6”-12” (typically lower) to width of 5’ at the rate of 1’ per year. It has shaggy stems with small prickles. Leaves are arranged in an alternate fashion, are simple and have oval to rounded shape. Mature leaves are 1.5” wide with 3-5 lobes and undulated margins. During the summer the leaves are deep green on the upper surface and pubescent beneath. When the weather turns cooler in the fall the leaves turn a pleasing burgundy color.

Flowering occurs in early summer. The white flowers, which are borne in racemes, attain a width of ¾”. After the flowers fade fruit occasionally form which are orangish-red and resemble raspberries.

This species can tolerate sun to partial shade. The plants are very durable, seeming to thrive under most conditions, even those which are hot and dry. It doesn't climb trees or smother nearby shrubs and it can readily be controlled with mechanical edging. This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds.

Insect and pest free.
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