Huckleberry, Blue, Evergreen (Vaccinium ovatum), packet of 100 seeds
Family: Heath (Ericaceae)
Hardy to Zones 6 to 9
(Blue Huckleberry, Blaeberry ) Woody subshrub growing in moist, acidic soils of the Pacific Northwest. The dark blue berries produced by this plant are sweet and they taste very similar to blueberries. This is a handsome bush that grows well beneath redwoods and other conifers, and may be adapted to the domestic shade garden. Herbalists use the fresh leaves to make an antidiabetic tea or tincture. Plant prefers shade to part sun, growing 2 to 3 feet tall in sunny locations, and up to 7 feet tall in the shade. Sow in fall or very early spring in outdoor conditions, in pots or flats. Sow in a mixture of sand and peat moss. If sowing in the fall, expect germination in the spring. If sowing at other times of the year, a 30 to 90 day period of cold, moist refrigeration (place seeds in plastic bag with moist peat moss and refrigerate) will improve germination rate. Surface sow, press in, and keep evenly moist until germination, which occurs in 30 days and ongoing. After 6 weeks, transplant to larger pots and grow on for up to 3 years before transplanting to the landscape.
100 seeds per packet, open pollinated.