Low Sweet Blueberry
Vaccinium angustifolium laevifolium
Herb: Low Sweet Blueberry
Latin name: Vaccinium angustifolium laevifolium
Synonyms: Vaccinium pennsylvanicum
Family: Ericaceae (Heath Family)
Edible parts of Low Sweet Blueberry:Fruit - raw, cooked or used in preserves etc. A very sweet pleasant flavour with a slight taste of honey. Largely grown for the canning industry. The fruit can be dried and used like raisins. The fruit is about 12mm in diameter. A tea is made from the leaves and dried fruits.
Description of the plant:
Habitat of the herb:Dry open barrens, peats and rocks.
Propagation of Low Sweet Blueberry:Seed - sow late winter in a greenhouse in a lime-free potting mix and only just cover the seed. Stored seed might require a period of up to 3 months cold stratification. Another report says that it is best to sow the seed in a greenhouse as soon as it is ripe. Once they are about 5cm tall, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in a lightly shaded position 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, 5 - 8cm with a heel, August in a frame. Slow and difficult. Layering in late summer or early autumn. Another report says that spring is the best time to layer. Takes 18 months. Division of suckers in spring or early autumn.
Cultivation of the herb:Dry open barrens, peats and rocks.
Medicinal use of Low Sweet Blueberry:None known
Known hazards of Vaccinium angustifolium laevifolium:None known
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.