Scientific Name: Empetrum nigrum
Common Name: crowberry, crawberry
Family Name: Ericaceae
Origin: B.C. east of Cascades, B.C. west of Cascades, Canada - northern, U.S. - northwest
Hardiness Zone: Zone 2: (-46 to -40 °C)
Plant Type: Broadleaf evergreen, Ground cover
Mature Size: 0.1 - 0.2m x 0.3 - 0.6m (height x width)
Habit: Irregular, Spreading
Form: Creeping / Mat-like
Texture: Fine
Landscape Uses: Attract beneficial insects, Attract birds, Attract butterflies, Ground cover, Wetland - bogs
Exposure: Part sun/part shade, Filtered shade
Soil or Media: Acidic
Leaves: Needle-like, Alternate, Succulent, Linear, Entire
Flowers: Flowers solitary, Purple, Dark-red, May-Jun
Fruit: Drupe, Edible, Purple, Black, Aug-Sep
Key ID Features:
Habit creeping, matted, to 15cm tall; branches to 40cm long; leaves needle-like, to 8mm long, edges rolled under forming a deep groove; fruit, black, berry-like drupes, with 6-9 white pyrenes.