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Plant Genus of the family Empetraceae

Genus Description Cultivation
Empetrum Exposed windswept positions across the cool-temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere (and the southern Andes and the Falkland Islands in the south Atlantic) are home to this genus of 2 heath-like, intricately branched, evergreen shrubs which are low growing and carpeting in habit. Very small solitary flowers appear in the leaf axils and the fruit is a small, juicy, berry-like drupe containing up to 9 hard white seeds. The shrubs are grown for both their ornamental value and edible fruit. CULTIVATION: Ideal for the rock garden in cooler climates, Empetrum prefers a moist lime-free soil in an open sunny position. Propagation is from seed sown in spring or from cuttings.

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