California Native Plant Society
Tap map to see plants native to location
Add
Empetrum nigrum
Please enter either the common name or the botanical name of any native California plant species to see it's plant record

Loading....
Black Crowberry
  • Added Add to My Plant List
Empetrum nigrum
  

Zoom To My AddressZoom To California Estimated Plant Range




About Black Crowberry (Empetrum nigrum) Empetrum nigrum is a species of crowberry known as black crowberry which is native to most northern areas of the northern hemisphere, as well as the Falkland Islands in the southern hemisphere. In gardening, it can be grown in acidic soils in shady, moist areas. It can be used for the edible berries, for a purple dye, or as a ground cover.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Shrub

Max. Height
1 - 1.3 ft (0.3 - 0.4 m)

Form
Spreading

Growth Rate
Slow

Flower Color
Purple

Flowering Season
Summer
Spring
Summer
Fall
Winter


Native Status
Natural Setting
Site Type
Rocky sea cliffs

Sun
Sun

Elevation ?
-1' - 8692'

Annual Precip. ?
48.8" - 64.4"

Summer Precip. ?
1.51" - 2.26"

Coldest Month ?
30.4° F - 47.0° F

Hottest Month ?
51.7° F - 58.8° F

Humidity ?
0.38 vpd - 11.29 vpd

Soil Description
Prefers loamy or clay soils. Grows poorly in sandy soils.

Landscaping Information
Nursery Availability
Never or Almost Never Available


Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

Sign in to your Calscape Account X




Once signed in, you'll be able to access any previously saved plant lists or create new ones.

Email Address
Password

Sign In


Copyright © 1999-2014 California Native Plant Society. All rights reserved.