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Uses

Toxic parts

The fruit can cause headaches if they are eaten in large quantities[1]. This is probably the result of infestation by a fungus[2].

Edible uses

Notes

Fruit - raw or cooked[3][4][5][6]. Juicy and sweet[1]. The fruit can also be dried and used like raisins[7]. A reasonable source of vitamin C[6]. The fruit is about 6mm in diameter[8]. Some caution is advised, see the notes above on toxicity. A tea is made from the leaves and dried fruits[9].

Fruit

Unknown part

Tea

Material uses

There are no material uses listed for Vaccinium uliginosum.

Medicinal uses(Warning!)

Antiseptic, astringent, carminative, hypnotic and hypoglycaemic[10][11]. An infusion of the leaves and sugar have been given to a mother a few days after childbirth in order to help her regain her strength[6].

Ecology

Ecosystem niche/layer

Ecological Functions

Nothing listed.

Forage

Nothing listed.

Shelter

Nothing listed.

Propagation

Seed - sow late winter in a greenhouse in a lime-free potting mix and only just cover the seed[12]. Stored seed might require a period of up to 3 months cold stratification[13]. Another report says that it is best to sow the seed in a greenhouse as soon as it is ripe[8]. Once they are about 5cm tall, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in a lightly shaded position in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts.

Cuttings of half-ripe wood, 5 - 8cm with a heel, August in a frame[12]. Slow and difficult. Layering in late summer or early autumn[12]. Another report says that spring is the best time to layer[8]. Takes 18 months[12].

Division of suckers in spring or early autumn[13].

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Cultivation

Requires a moist or wet lime free soil, preferring one that is rich in peat or a light loamy soil with added leaf-mould[1][8]. Prefers a very acid soil with a pH in the range of 4.5 to 6, plants soon become chlorotic when lime is present. Grows well in a bog garden[4]. Succeeds in full sun or light shade though it fruits better in a sunny position[8]. Requires shelter from strong winds[8].

Dislikes root disturbance, plants are best grown in pots until being planted out in their permanent positions[8]. This species is closely allied to V. myrtillus[14].

Plants in this genus are notably resistant to honey fungus[8].

Crops

Problems, pests & diseases

Associations & Interactions

There are no interactions listed for Vaccinium uliginosum. Do you know of an interaction that should be listed here? edit this page to add it.

Polycultures & Guilds

There are no polycultures listed which include Vaccinium uliginosum.

Descendants

Cultivars

Varieties

None listed.

Subspecies

None listed.

Full Data

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Taxonomy
Binomial name
Vaccinium uliginosum
Genus
Vaccinium
Family
Ericaceae
Imported References
Medicinal uses
Material uses & Functions
Botanic
Propagation
Cultivation
Environment
Cultivation
Uses
Edible uses
None listed.
Material uses
None listed.
Medicinal uses
None listed.
Functions & Nature
Functions
Provides forage for
Provides shelter for
Environment
Hardiness Zone
2
Heat Zone
?
Water
high
Sun
full sun
Shade
light shade
Soil PH
Soil Texture
Soil Water Retention
Environmental Tolerances
    Ecosystems
    Native Climate Zones
    None listed.
    Adapted Climate Zones
    None listed.
    Native Geographical Range
    None listed.
    Native Environment
    None listed.
    Ecosystem Niche
    None listed.
    Root Zone Tendancy
    None listed.
    Life
    Deciduous or Evergreen
    Herbaceous or Woody
    Life Cycle
    Growth Rate
    ?
    Mature Size
    Fertility
    ?
    Pollinators
    Flower Colour
    ?
    Flower Type

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