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Old 04-05-2010, 10:14 PM
Location: Canada
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Originally Posted by davidals View Post
Two unrelated plants both known as huckleberries:

The nightshade, with berries that are toxic when unripe, and have a 'grassy' flavor. These are quick growing, smaller, similar care and growing conditions for tomatoes, pepino, pepprs, et. al.

A cranberry/blueberry (ericales) relative, with much tastier berries. These are bigger shrubs, similar growth habit and culture as blueberries.
Hmm. I plan to try again this year and will post a picture of my mysterious so-called huckleberries. What you describe aboiut the nightshade seems to describe what I had in my garden. As for the second description - are you saying that what people call huckleberries when they describe them as tasty are a cranberry/blueberry relative?
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Old 04-05-2010, 11:19 PM
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I'm curious to see this thread develop. I ran across a factoid while researching out plants native to my home of West Virginia... the huckleberry is on the endangered plant list. An out of state nursery is selling seed, but what variety/ species is unknown. Likely I'll plant it anyway, but I'd prefer the real mccoy if my 2 cents worth of restoration can go it's furthest.
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Old 04-06-2010, 09:37 AM
Location: Carrboro and Concord, NC
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@ Netwit:

Yep. The second plant called huckleberry would be the tasty ones. There are a few varietals that belong to the genuses Gaylussacia and Vaccinium - so if you go to a nursery look for something with one of those as the genus name (Gaylussacia and Vaccinium are SO closely related that some botanists consider them to be one genus). Vaccinium is the family that also includes cranberries and blueberries, and this variety of huckleberry is very similar - a bit seedier, but otherwise similarly good. They are perennial shrubs, with woody stems/branches, so if started from seed, it will take a few years to mature and set fruit; you might be able to get a more mature plant from a nursery however.
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