Vaccinium darrowii Camp
Darrow's blueberry, Evergreen blueberry
Ericaceae (Heath Family)
Synonym(s): Vaccinium myrsinites var. glaucum
USDA Symbol: VADA
This low, colony-forming shrub, to 2 ft. tall, bears small, blue-green leaves with a whitish bloom and pink to white, urn-shaped flowers in short, axillary racemes. The small berries are black or blue-black.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Pink
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr
DistributionUSA: AL , FL , GA , LA , MS
Native Distribution: Coastal plain from GA to s.e. TX
Native Habitat: Pine flatwoods; sand hills; scrub
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
Soil Description: Seasonally wet to dry, sandy, acid soil.
Conditions Comments: Vaccinium myrsinites, occuring from SC to AL, is a distinct but similar species. Notable landscape differences: the leaves of V. myrsinites are less glaucous and not blue-green.
Value to Beneficial InsectsSpecial Value to Native Bees
This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.
PropagationDescription: Most commonly propagated by softwood cuttings taken in spring. Vaccinium will also root from hardwood cuttings of unbranched shoots of previous season. Seeds may need to be stratified and should be sown on a slightly acid soil mix.
Seed Treatment: Stratify for 60-90 days at 41 degrees.
Commercially Avail: yes
National Wetland Indicator Status
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Crosby Arboretum - Picayune, MS
BibliographyBibref 1620 - Gardening with Native Plants of the South (Reprint Edition) (2009) Wasowski, S. with A. Wasowski
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Research LiteratureReslit 403 - Combining Ability for Seedling Root Systems Size and Shoot Vigor in Interspecific Blueberry Progenies (1994) W. A. Erb, A. D. Draper and H. J. Swartz
Reslit 402 - Combining Ability for Canopy Growth and Gas-Exchange of Interspecific Blueberries under Moderate Water Deficit (1991) W. A. Erb, A. D. Draper and H. J. Swartz
Reslit 2033 - Effects of Organic Rooting Treatments on Vaccinium darrowii 'Native Blue' Blueberry Cuttings (2010) C. M. Martin, M. A. Maurer and D. Creech
Reslit 2041 - Horticultural Characteristics of Native Vaccinium darrowi, Vaccinium elliottii, Vaccinium fuscatum, and Vaccinium myrsinites in Alachua County, Florida (1980) P. M. Lyrene and W. B. Sherman
Reslit 2447 - Life history strategies of Florida scrub plants in relation to fire (1995) E. S. Menges, N. Kohfeldt
Reslit 2605 - Post-fire growth strategies of resprouting Florida scrub vegetation (2011) A. J. Maguire, E. S. Menges
This information was provided by the Florida WIldflower Foundation.
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Vaccinium darrowii in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Vaccinium darrowii in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Vaccinium darrowii
MetadataRecord Modified: 2013-09-08
Research By: TWC Staff