Crowberry Empetrum nigrum

A mat-forming shrub with tiny purple starry flowers that nestle between needle-like leaves.

The berries 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.

Habitat

Moors, bogs, wet mountain slopes.

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.