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Vaccinium vitis-idaea

Cowberry

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Features

  • BloomsJune
  • Height0.2m to 0.25m
  • Spread0.6m to 1m
  • Growth HabitMound
  • Flower ColourWhite, deep pink
  • Leaf ColourGreen shades

Description

Vaccinium vitis-idaea (Cowberry). This is a vigorous evergreen prostrate shrub about 15-30cm high. The small dark green, leathery leaves which will become bronzed in the winter. The flowers are bell-shaped, white, tinged pink, and are borne in short terminal racemes during the summer. The globular red berries are produced in late autumn, are edible but acidic to the taste.

Characteristics

Perennial, Evergreen, Fragrant

Origin

Japan, N. America

Interest and use

Ground cover, ornamental fruit. Summer interest.

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Needs

  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Light, Medium
  • Soil pH5.0 to 7.0
  • WaterMoist

Cultivation

They are cold tolerant and love the shade, Grow them in acidic, well-drained soil with plenty of humus, You can propagate by division or from cuttings in autumn.

Propagation

You can propagate by division or from semi-ripe cuttings or by seed in autumn.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Root rot.

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