Vaccinium darrowii

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Vaccinium darrowii
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Photo by Kevin Robertson
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta - Flowering plants
Class: Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons
Order: Ericales
Family: Ericaceae
Genus: Vaccinium
Species: V. darrowii
Binomial name
Vaccinium darrowii
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Natural range of Vaccinium darrowii from USDA NRCS Plants Database.

Common name: Darrow's blueberry

Taxonomic notes

Synonym: V. darrowi.[1]

Varieties: Cyanococcus myrsinites (Lamarck) Small var. glaucum A. Gray.[2]


A description of Vaccinium darrowii is provided in The Flora of North America.




V. darrowii has been found in pond margins, prairies, pine woods, evergreen shrub bogs, titi swamps, cabbage palm hammocks, wiregrass sand ridges, scrub oak sand ridges, turkey oak-persimmon scrub, and pine flatwoods.[3] It is also found in disturbed areas like the edges of disturbed pine flatwoods.[3]

Associated species: Gaulussaces, Vaccinium, Myrica, V. stamineum, Serenoa repens, and Lyonia lucida.[3]


V. darrowii has been observed flowering from February to April and in December.[4]

Seed dispersal

This species is thought to be dispersed by consumption by vertebrates.[5]

Fire ecology

Populations of Vaccinium darrowii have been known to persist through repeated annual burns.[6][7]


V. darrowii has been observed at the Archbold Biological Station with bees from the Apidae family such as Apis mellifera, Epeolus erigeronis, and Habropoda laboriosa, sweat bees from the Halictidae family such as Agapostemon splendens, Augochlora pura, A. aurata, A. gratiosa, and Augochloropsis anonyma, leafcutting bees such as Megachile brevis pseudobrevis (family Megachilidae), and wasps such as Eumenes smithii (family Vespidae).[8]

Conservation, cultivation, and restoration

Cultural use

Vaccinium darrowii produces a berry that can be eaten raw or cooked into goods such as jellies or pies.[9]

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References and notes

  1. Weakley, A.S. 2015. Flora of the southern and mid-atlantic states. Working Draf of 21 May 2015. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
  2. Weakley, A.S. 2015. Flora of the southern and mid-atlantic states. Working Draf of 21 May 2015. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Florida State University Herbarium Database. URL: Last accessed: June 2021. Collectors: Loran C. Anderson, G. R. Cooley, Robert K. Godfrey, Robert Kral, Sidney McDaniel, Joseph Monachino, J D Ray, and George M. Riegler. States and counties: Florida: Franklin, Gadsden, Hernando, Jackson, Lafayette, Pasco, Sarasota, Seminole, Wakulla, and Walton.
  4. Nelson, G. PanFlora: Plant data for the eastern United States with emphasis on the Southeastern Coastal Plains, Florida, and the Florida Panhandle. Accessed: 14 DEC 2016
  5. Kirkman, L. Katherine. Unpublished database of seed dispersal mode of plants found in Coastal Plain longleaf pine-grasslands of the Jones Ecological Research Center, Georgia.
  6. Robertson, K.M. Unpublished data collected from Pebble Hill Fire Plots, Pebble Hill Plantation, Thomasville, Georgia.
  7. Platt, W.J., R. Carter, G. Nelson, W. Baker, S. Hermann, J. Kane, L. Anderson, M. Smith, K. Robertson. 2021. Unpublished species list of Wade Tract old-growth longleaf pine savanna, Thomasville, Georgia.
  8. Deyrup, M.A. and N.D. 2015. Database of observations of Hymenoptera visitations to flowers of plants on Archbold Biological Station, Florida, USA.
  9. Hardin, J.W., Arena, J.M. 1969. Human Poisoning from Native and Cultivated Plants. Duke University Press, Durham, North Carolina.