Herb: Rockberry


Latin name: Empetrum eamesii


Family: Empetraceae (Crowberry Family)



Edible parts of Rockberry:

Fruit - raw or cooked. The fruit is about 4mm in diameter.

Description of the plant:



Plant:
Evergreen
Shrub

Height:
15 cm
(6 inches)

Habitat of the herb:

Exposed sands and siliceous gravels and rocks.

Other uses of Rockberry:

Succeeds as a ground cover plant in exposed positions.

Propagation of the herb:

Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a cold frame. The seed can be very slow to germinate, stored seed requires 5 months warm then 3 months cold stratification at 5C. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, 3cm with a heel, July/August in a frame. Takes 3 weeks. Good percentage. Cuttings of mature wood of the current year's growth, 3cm with a heel, October in a frame. Requires shade. Good percentage.

Cultivation of Rockberry:

Exposed sands and siliceous gravels and rocks.

Medicinal use of the herb:

None known

Known hazards of Empetrum eamesii:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.