Vaccinium darrowii

Darrow's Blueberry

Ericaceae

Plant Specifics

Form:Shrub
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:White,pink
Fruit Color:Blue,purple,black
Phenology:Evergreen
Noted for:Showy flowers, Showy fruits, Interesting foliage

Landscaping

Recommended Uses:Low hedge or border plant, specimen plant in a wildflower garden, mass planting.
Considerations:Must have acidic soil.
Propagation:Seed, softwood cuttings, and division.
Availability:Native nurseries
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Not wet but not extremely dry)
Moisture Tolerance: Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Not wet but not extremely dry
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray
Soil or other substrate:Sand
Soil pH:Acidic

Ecology

Wildlife:
  

Birds and other wildlife consume the fruit.

Insects:
 

Attracts various pollinators, especially native bees.   Documented bee species include Agapostemon splendens, Augochlorella aurata, A. gratiosa and Apis mellifera (honeybee) (Deyrup et al. 2002).

Native Habitats:Moist sites. Flatwoods, scrubby flatwoods.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
10A 8A 8B 9A 9B 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Comments

Ethnobotany:Edible fruits.
General Comments:

Leaves are glaucous and appear to be blue-green.

The range includes the Florida panhandle and much of the penninsula.  Based on BONAP and IRC herbarium specimen maps, it extends north into southern Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi.  It is likely absent or of very sparse occurrence in northeast Florida and southeast Georgia, and southeastern Florida.