Symphoricarpos mollis

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Symphoricarpos mollis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Dipsacales
Family: Caprifoliaceae
Genus: Symphoricarpos
Species: S. mollis
Binomial name
Symphoricarpos mollis

Symphoricarpos mollis (with the common names creeping snowberry, Southern California snowberry, and trip vine) is a shrub in the Honeysuckle Family (Caprifoliaceae).[1] It is found across western North America.

Range and habitat[edit]

The shrub does well in warm climates and can tolerate both intense sun and constant shade. It is a plant of chaparral ecosystems, especially along coastlines.

Growth pattern[edit]

The plant is a creeping shrub, low growing and straggling, with stems that can reach several feet while the height limited to only about 1 1/2 ft.[1] It reproduces both from via rhizome and seed.

Leaves and stems[edit]

Leaves are opposite. Stems are flexible.


It bears bunches of red or pink rounded, bell-shaped flowers and spherical or bulbous white or pink-tinted fruits.

The fruits are not generally considered toxic but are distasteful, having a soapy texture due to the presence of saponins.


  1. ^ a b Flowering Plans of the Santa Monica Mountains, Nancy Dale, 2nd. Ed, 2000, p. 91

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