My Favorite Plant of the Week 'Himalayan Blueberry'
It's post hard freeze, here in the Willamette Valley. Our 10+ days of frigid temps had me concerned about what plants would be damaged or lost.
As I inspected my garden beds today, in the thick mist that was gently falling, I noticed an often over looked little ground cover. Vaccinium Moupinense, aka Himalayan Blueberry, was looking fantastic after the cold spell.
|Vaccinium Moupinense 'Himalayan Blueberry'|
It has a range of foliage color, from a bright 'new leaf' green to burgundy red. It is a compact plant and perfect for borders or containers. I have mine placed in a raised garden bed, with room to grow and expand, as it has a medium growth rate. I can't wait for it to fill in. These plants like well draining, acidic soil.
The foliage is evergreen and it was not a water hog over our drier / hotter than normal summer.
Stats from PlantLust.com:
Zones 5b - 8b
H 1' - 2'
W 1' - 3'
Sun, part sun.
As it matures, this plant will also provide edible berries (mostly for the birds) if placed in at least six hours of sunshine during the summer months.
This little guy is a winner for winter foliage. The tips of burgundy red are a welcome sight, as many other plants are brown, mushy green or something in between.
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