Empetrum nigrum
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Empetrum nigrum

black crowberry

  family ericaceae 
  genus empetrum 

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Genus  Empetrum Species  nigrum Variety  Cultivar  Common names  black crowberry Family  ERICACEAE Specimen number  S2606 Data source  GrUnFr p99
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Various Life span    Annual cycle  Evergreen Stature  Groundcover Growth form  Not applicable Growth habit  Various Overall height  1' Overall spread   
Sunshine  Various Water  Various Optimal soil texture  Various Acceptable soil pH  Various USDA hardiness  Not classified AHS heat zones  Not classified Sunset climate zones  Not classified
Suitable for gardens  no Nursery  Unknown Compost  no Size at acquisition  Unknown Garden location  Unknown Garden notes 
Special qualities
Tolerates drought  no Tolerates high humidity  no Tolerates seaside conditions  no Insect resistant  no Disease resistant  no Deer resistant  no Best uses    Symbiosis  Attracts butterflies  no Attracts hummingbirds  no Autumn foliage  no Colorful berries  no Desirable qualities    Other interest    Other interest color  Other interest period   
Adverse factors
Common pests  Poisonous parts  Poisonous indications  Internal poison  no Dermatologic poison  no Livestock poison  no Mechanical injury  no Hay fever pollen    Hay fever season    Adverse qualities   
Herbal medicine
Medicinal properties  Medicinal parts  Has medicinal uses  no Do not self-administer  no Do no use if pregnant  no Legally restricted  no Toxicity precautions  Medicinal notes  The berries are tiny black globular fruits about 1/4 inch in diameter with six to nine seeds. It has a taste that is slightly acidic and very resinous. Empetrum nigrum is typically used as juice. Black crowberry is most frequently used fresh.
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  Fragrance parts  Fragrance intensity    Fragrance category    Dye parts  Dye color 
Propagule  Cutting Pollination method  Dioecious Planting style    Crop spacing    Row spacing    Cold frame  Planting period    Harvesting period    Frost tolerance    Heat requirement    Fertilizer  Typical Time to harvest 
Is edible  yes Culinary uses  Fresh   Juice Nutritional value  Edible parts  Berries Description of edible parts tiny black globular fruits about 1/4 inch in diameter with six to nine seeds Flavor / texture  has a taste that is slightly acidic and very resinous
Horticulture notes  Because Empetrum nigrum is dioecious, both a male and a female of the species are needed for proper pollination. Propagation of Black crowberry can be achieved using a cutting. This plant most likely originates from Northern Europe.
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes  Empetrum nigrum is evergreen.

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Last reviewed November 01, 2004   


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