Herb latin name: Amelanchier basalticola

Synonyms: Amelanchier alnifolia pumila

Family: Rosaceae (Rose Family)

Edible parts of Amelanchier basalticola:

We have no records for this species, but the fruit is almost certainly edible both raw or cooked. It is 9 - 12mm in diameter. The fruit is rich in iron and copper.

Description of the plant:


3 m
(9 3/4 foot)


Habitat of the herb:

Open woods, canyons and hillsides, from near sea level to the sub-alpine zone.

Propagation of Amelanchier basalticola:

Seed - it is best harvested "green", when the seed is fully formed but before the seed coat has hardened, and then sown immediately in pots outdoors or in a cold frame. If stored seed is obtained early enough in the autumn, it can be given 4 weeks warm stratification before being left out in the winter and it should then germinate in the spring. Otherwise seed can be very slow to germinate, perhaps taking 18 months or more. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in a sheltered outdoor position, planting them out once they are 20cm or more tall. If there is sufficient seed it is best to sow it thinly in an outdoor seedbed. Grow the seedlings on for two years in the seedbed before planting them out into their permanent positions during the winter. Layering in spring - takes 18 months. Division of suckers in late winter. The suckers need to have been growing for 2 years before you dig them up, otherwise they will not have formed roots. They can be planted out straight into their permanent positions if required.

Cultivation of the herb:

Open woods, canyons and hillsides, from near sea level to the sub-alpine zone.

Medicinal use of Amelanchier basalticola:

None known

Known hazards of Amelanchier basalticola:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.