Herb: Creeping Blueberry


Latin name: Vaccinium crassifolium


Family: Ericaceae (Heath Family)



Edible parts of Creeping Blueberry:

Fruit - raw or cooked. The flavour is sweet but bland. The fruit is about 4mm in diameter.

Description of the plant:



Plant:
Evergreen
Shrub

Height:
10 cm
(4 inches)

Flovering:
May to
June

Habitat of the herb:

Sandy and peaty pinelands and barrens.

Other uses of Creeping Blueberry:

Plants can be grown as a ground cover, the cultivars "Bloodstone" and "Well's Delight" have been specially recommended.

Propagation of the herb:

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 Creeping Blueberry:

Sandy and peaty pinelands and barrens.

Medicinal use of the herb:

None known

Known hazards of Vaccinium crassifolium:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.