(Arctostaphylos stanfordiana)

Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Arctostaphylos stanfordiana
Ericaceae

A yellowish-brown dye is obtained from the leaves, it does not require a mordant[168].

  • Medicinal Use

    None known

  • Edible Use

    Fruit – raw or cooked. The dried fruit is said to have a better flavour than most members of this genus[183]. The fruit is about 5 – 7mm in diameter[200].

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – best sown in a greenhouse as soon as it is ripe. Pre-soak dried seed in boiling water for 10 – 20 seconds or burn some straw on top of them and then stratify at 2 – 5¡c for 2 months[11, 200]. The seed usually germinates in 2 – 3 months at 15¡c[134]. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in a cold frame or greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant out in late spring or early summer. Cuttings of side shoots of the current season’s growth, 5 – 8cm with a heel, August to December in a frame. The cuttings are very slow and can take a year to root[1, 78]. The cuttings of this species usually strike readily[11]. Division in early spring. Take care because the plant resents root disturbance. Pot the divisions up and keep them in a lightly shaded position in a cold frame or greenhouse until they are growing away actively. Layering in spring[200].
Requires a deep moist well-drained light or medium lime-free loam in sun or semi-shade[3, 11, 166, 200], but plants produce less fruit when they are grown in the shade[200]. Best given a neutral or slightly acid soil[11]. A difficult plant to cultivate, even in its native California[11]. It is best given a sunny position against a wall[11]. Plants resent root disturbance and should be placed in their final positions as soon as possible[11, 134]. There are some named varieties selected for their ornamental value[200].
South-western N. America – California.

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