Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Research Intern Tera Roach patiently removing Box Huckleberry, Gaylussacia brachycera, seeds from the berries
The Research Unit has been working with Box Huckleberry for a few years. I vaguely remember an intern presentation who did DNA work on our plants explaining what a limited number of clones there were.. Anyway this spring, Research put different clones in a greenhouse with pollinators and now there seem to be seeds so apparently they committed genetic recombination. Good for FNPRU/DC.
I like Box Huckleberry as a native groundcover for dry shade. I put a plant into the courtyard garden at Beltsville Library and it seems to be tolerating the invasive roots of the Black Birch satisfactorily. I hope it does work out because another native groundcover would be a good thing, especially a shade tolerant low evergreen
Posted by ChrisU at 2:27 PM