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Menziesia ferruginea - Sm.

Common Name False Huckleberry, Rusty menziesia
Family Ericaceae
USDA hardiness 5-9
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Woodland shade below 300 metres in California[71].
Range Western N. America.
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Weed Potential No
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Fully Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Menziesia ferruginea False Huckleberry, Rusty menziesia


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Menziesia ferruginea False Huckleberry, Rusty menziesia
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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Menziesia ferruginea is a deciduous Shrub growing to 1.8 m (6ft).
See above for USDA hardiness. It is hardy to UK zone 6 and is not frost tender. It is in flower from May to June. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs).
Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: mildly acid soils and can grow in very acid soils.
It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

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Synonyms

Habitats

Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; Dappled Shade; Shady Edge;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Fruit  Nectar
Edible Uses:

Fruit - fresh or dried[61, 105, 183]. The fruit is about 5 - 7mm in diameter[200]. The nectar has been sucked from the flowers to sweeten the mouth[257].

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Medicinal Uses

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Cardiac  Poultice  Stomachic

The leaves are cardiac[257]. They have been chewed to relieve heart pain and treat stomach problems[257]. A poultice of the heated leaves has been applied to sores and swellings[257].

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Other Uses

None known

Special Uses

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Cultivation details

Requires a lime-free humus-rich moist soil in sun or light shade[182]. Prefers moderate shade, especially on the roots[1, 200], but it can also succeed in full sun[11]. Grows well in a woodland garden[200]. Dormant plants are hardy to about -20°c[200]. The young growth in spring is susceptible to damage by late frosts but the plants are otherwise of easy cultivation[182]. Flowers are produced on the previous years wood[200]. Plants in this genus are notably resistant to honey fungus[200].

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Propagation

Seed - best sown in a shady position in a cold frame in the autumn[200] but it can also be sown in late winter [78]. Surface sow and do not allow the compost to become dry. Germination is variable and can take 1 - 2 months at 15°c[78]. Keep the seedlings heavily shaded and prick them out into individual pots when they are 12 months old[78]. Plant them out into their permanent positions in the summer once they are more than 15cm tall. Cuttings of semi-ripe wood, 2 - 5cm with a heel, May/June in a frame. Keep them shaded. The cuttings are very slow to root but usually a good percentage will succeed[78]. Division in early spring just before active growth begins[78]. Layering.

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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Latin NameCommon NameHabitHeightHardinessGrowthSoilShadeMoistureEdibleMedicinalOther

Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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