Cranberry - American


Ease to Grow: Easy
Dormancy: Yes
Native Range: Peat Bogs of Eastern North America
Zones: 2-6 (2-8)

American Cranberry, Vaccinium macrocarpus, is a vining, low growing bog plant with pretty, edible, bright red berries in the Fall, maroon in Winter. Leaves are longer, 1/2" (2 cm), elliptical with very short stems and a pronounced dark vein. Flowers resemble small pink shooting stars or the head of a crane. Fruit ripens in the Fall, and are typically numerous, large, 1/2" (1.5cm), with a sour apple taste. Cranberries prefers the open, wet areas of bogs, often forming a dense ring around open water or creeping among other plants in bog hummocks. Cranberry can be a rapid grower, forming dense networks of intertwining vines, 3ft (1m) long. This is great for copious fruit bearing, but can crowd an area, if not trimmed and controlled. It develops dark red leaves in the Fall, and is winter hardy. Water with rain/distilled water. It is a curious and interesting bog plant, and makes an attractive boggy ground cover with delicious fruit.

For Cranberry, each portion is a rooted, growing small starter plant.

Height: 1" - 4"
Plant Type: Perennial, cold temperate
Soil: Lower Bog Mix
Soil pH: 4-6.5
Light: Partial Sun to Shade
Use: Edible, pretty fruit, curious ground cover among carnivorous plants.

Customer Reviews

Based on 4 reviews
I. Babylon
Smol n mighty

She’s in with a pot of Carolina pitcher plants and I’m hoping most nights is that this New England interloper there remains the old glory of the Union, so help me Bog.

Jeremy Onyan

Cranberry - American

Lori Lengyel
Cranberry plants very healthy!

Both of my plants are very healthy and look like they will do well in the garden. My only thing is, I wish there was more instructions given on them on the best way to take care of them. I’m googling a lot to answer a lot of my questions on my plants just to make sure they make it through the season, but otherwise, they came in good health.

kris garrett
Healthiest plants I’ve purchased

I’m always so skeptical about ordering plants from a catalog anymore. They show big beautiful healthy plants in the picture and what you get is a dried shriveled up roots. I decided to take a chance on carnivorous plants cranberries. When the box arrived I thought here we go… When I open the box I found beautiful healthy strong plants. I highly recommend carnivorous plants. I’ll be looking to see what else they have to offer.

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