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Empetrum nigrum
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Black Crowberry
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Empetrum nigrum

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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

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


Growth Rate

Flower Color

Flowering Season

Native Status
Natural Setting
Site Type
Rocky sea cliffs


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

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