Native evergreen dwarf evergreen with tiny robust lance shaped leaves. Tiny magenta bee magnet flowers are followed by 5-6mm round edible black glossy berries. Forms dense colonies that choke out weeds. Plants are seen in various sites from damp peat bog sites, rocky slopes to sunny dry roadsides along with wild strawberries. Rarely exceeds 30 cm in height. Major food source for migrating birds.
- Seed Count: 15-20
- Collection Date: Sept 2023
- Hardiness Zone: 3-9
- Height and Width: 15cm creeper
- Germination test type: float
How to germinate Empetrum nigrum seeds
Soak seed 24 hrs. Use a moist medium of 2 parts peat 1part coarse sand (filter sand ideal). Warm stratify 12 wks at 20C. Then cold stratify 20wks at 1-4C. When cycles complete surface sow using same medium mix. Do not cover; needs light to germinate. Keep moist with clear plastic hood/film/WHY. Germinates at 15-20C. Germination rates of 93% possible. Gives 7% germination with no treatment. Only 20wks cold stratification: 28% germ