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.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun

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Menziesia ferruginea False Huckleberry, Rusty menziesia
Menziesia ferruginea False Huckleberry, Rusty menziesia
Physical Characteristics
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Menziesia ferruginea is a deciduous Shrub growing to 1.8 m (6ft).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 6 and is not frost tender. It is in flower from May to June. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs)Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid soils and can grow in very acid soils.
It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.


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].
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].


Other Uses
None known
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].
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
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :
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