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Vaccinium darrowii (Darrow's blueberry)
Smith, R.W.

Vaccinium darrowii

Vaccinium darrowii Camp

Darrow's Blueberry, Evergreen Blueberry

Ericaceae (Heath Family)

Synonym(s): Vaccinium myrsinites var. glaucum


USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

This low, colony-forming shrub, to 2 feet 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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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Leaf Retention: Evergreen
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Fruit Type: Berry
Size Notes: Up to about 2 feet tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Pink
Bloom Time: Jan , Feb , Mar , Apr , May , Dec


USA: AL , FL , GA , LA , MS
Native Distribution: Coastal plain from GA to s.e. TX
Native Habitat: Pine flatwoods; sand hills; scrub

Growing Conditions

Light 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 Insects

Special Value to Native Bees

This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.


Description: 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

Status: FACU
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1 (Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here for map of regions.

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Crosby Arboretum - Picayune, MS


Bibref 1620 - Gardening with Native Plants of the South (Reprint Edition) (2009) Wasowski, S. with A. Wasowski

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Web Reference

Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

USDA: Find Vaccinium darrowii in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Vaccinium darrowii in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Vaccinium darrowii


Record Modified: 2023-03-01
Research By: TWC Staff

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