En EspaŅol

Q. Who is Mr. Smarty Plants?

A: There are those who suspect Wildflower Center volunteers are the culpable and capable culprits. Yet, others think staff members play some, albeit small, role. You can torture us with your plant questions, but we will never reveal the Green Guru's secret identity.

Help us grow by giving to the Plant Database Fund or by becoming a member

Did you know you can access the Native Plant Information Network with your web-enabled smartphone?

Share

Ask Mr. Smarty Plants

Ask Mr. Smarty Plants is a free service provided by the staff and volunteers at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.

Search Smarty Plants
    
 
See a list of all Smarty Plants questions
Can't find the answer in our existing FAQs, submit a question to Mr. Smarty Plants.
Need help with plant identification, visit the plant identification page.
 
rate this answer
Not Yet Rated

Friday - November 08, 2013

From: La Conner, WA
Region: Northwest
Topic: Seed and Plant Sources
Title: Lingonberry 'Ida' Source for Commercial Production in the Pacific NW
Answered by: Anne Van Nest

QUESTION:

I am having difficulty locating a Lingonberry (Vaccinium vitis-idaea) cultivar named 'Ida'. Where can I purchase this plant for commercial production in the Pacific Northwest?

ANSWER:

Vaccinium vitis-idaea is a low, creeping shrub with evergreen leaves that is called lingonberry (or Northern mountain-cranberry or cowberry). The reddish-purple fruits are edible, although acidic and somewhat bitter, and are often cooked and used like cranberries. The real treasures are the fruits that overwinter under the snow and are much sweeter in the spring when the snow melts.  The species is native from Greenland to Alaska in bogs and rocky areas. It is particularly suited to the climate and soils of the Pacific Northwest.
Ross Penhallegon at Oregon State University Extension in Eugene, Oregon has an article online proclaiming the Lingonberry to be “A great new crop for the Pacific Northwest.” The article outlines the history of the plant and has some good information about commercial growing as well.
For a list of current lingonberry nurseries, contact Ross Penhallegon, OSU Extension Service, 950 West 13 Avenue, Eugene, OR 97402  Phone: 541-682-4243. Email: ross.penhallegon@oregonstate.edu


Cornell University indicates that Raintree Nursery in Morton, WA is a source for ‘Ida’ Lingonberry
Cornell also has an article on commercial production of lingonberry fruit. They say that ‘Ida’ is a vigorous, upright Swedish cultivar with large red berries (to 1.75 oz.).  It was developed in 1997.

Oregon and Washington state have at least 16 acres of lingonberries in commercial production (the largest commercial cultivation in the world), writes Larry Burt and Ross Penhallegon of Oregon State University Extension. They have extensive information about the economics of growing lingonberry
 

 

 

From the Image Gallery


Lingonberry
Vaccinium vitis-idaea

Lingonberry
Vaccinium vitis-idaea

Lingonberry
Vaccinium vitis-idaea

Lingonberry
Vaccinium vitis-idaea

Lingonberry
Vaccinium vitis-idaea

More Seed and Plant Sources Questions

Adding Wildflowers to Corpus Christi
May 20, 2012 - I have a dry sandy yard, full sun in Corpus Christi with lot's of stickers mostly, want to transform to wildflowers. When should I plant, how should I prepare soil, should I dig out stickers? Which w...
view the full question and answer

Source for Wave scaly cloakfern (Astrolepis sinuata)
April 13, 2006 - Can't make it to the Plant Sale but really want to buy one Astrolepis sinuata (Wavy Cloak Fern) if a plant is available for sale. Is it possible to buy one if one is available after the sale date (j...
view the full question and answer

Sources for Bouteloua dactyloides in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area
April 06, 2007 - We live in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Over the last few years our lawn has withered and now we are almost grassless. After researching we are considering planting Buffalo grass. However, after spend...
view the full question and answer

Source for Desert Willow from Dallas
October 03, 2011 - I'm looking for a source for chilopsis linearis. I live in Dallas, TX. None of the specialty nurseries in Dallas seem to be able to source it. Is there any local source? Is there any source withi...
view the full question and answer

Source for Bigelow oak in Austin
February 03, 2010 - Hi folks! I noticed on my last visit to the Wildflower Center that you now have a shrub white oak/Bigelow oak which I think is new (maybe I was just seeing it for the first time). I absolutely love ...
view the full question and answer

Smarty Plants's Facebook profile Support the Wildflower Center by Donating Online or Becoming a Member today.

Mr. Smarty Plants wants you to be his Facebook friend. Click the Facebook icon to add yourself to Mr. Smarty Plants list of friends.
E-NEWSLETTER | BECOME A MEMBER | DONATE NOW | MEDIA | SITEMAP | STAFF
© 2015 Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center