Crowberry Empetrum nigrum
|Status||Green - Least concern|
|Best Time to See||May, June|
A mat-forming shrub with tiny purple stalkless starry flowers that nestle between needle-like leaves.
The berries, which cluster around the stalk, are edible but eaten raw tend to be fairly tasteless and not that high in vitamins. As they grow, these start green, go pink, purple before finally turning black. They look somewhat similar to blueberries.
Moors, bogs, wet mountain slopes. It grows in acidic soils in shady, moist areas.
Best time to see
Crowberry flowers in May and June. Berries are produced in the autumn and if not picked often persist into the winter.
Did you know?
Otherwise known as black crowberry or simply blackberry, crowberry has many local names including berry-girse, crane, crawberry, crawcrooks, crow ling, lingberry, monnocs-heather, deer's grass and she-heather.