Menziesia ferruginea- false azalea, fool’s huckleberry
Climate, elevation: From sea level to subalpine
in the northern half of our region; in montane to subalpine forests from
Habitat preferences: Shady to open coniferous woods with acid humus, moist slopes, streambanks. (Pojar 1994) Also found in hummocks in scrub-shrub wetlands. (Spear Cooke 1997)
Plant strategy type/successional stage: Most always associated with cold, wet habitat types, very shade tolerant. (Habeck 1992)
Associated species: Overstory; subalpine fir (Abies lasiocarpa), Pacific silver fir (A. amabilis), western redcedar (Thuja plicata), mountain hemlock (Tsuga mertensiana), western hemlock (T. heterophylla), and Engelmann spruce (Picea engelmannii). Understory; blue huckleberry (Vaccinium globulare), smooth woodrush (Luzula hitchcockii), and on higher sites, white rhododendron (Rhododendron albiflorum). (Habeck 1992)
May be collected as: Not specified.
Collection restrictions or guidelines: Flowers from late May thru early July. (Habeck 1992)
Seed germination: Little information is available on the propagation of this species. It appears to be capable of layering, and the seeds are wind or gravity dispersed. (Habeck 1992)
Seed life: Not specified.
Recommended seed storage conditions: Not specified.
Propagation recommendations: Requires a special soil fungus to survive that does not thrive when transplanted. (Spear Cooke 1997)
Soil or medium requirements: Not specified.
Installation form: Not specified.
Recommended planting density: Not specified.
Care requirements after installed: Not specified.
Normal rate of growth or spread: Not specified.
Habeck, R. J. 1992. Menziesia ferruginea. In: Fire Effects Information System, [Online].
Department of Agriculture, U.S. ForestService,
Rocky Mountain Research Station, Fire Sciences Laboratory (Producer).
Available: http://www.fs.fed.us/database/feis/ [2004, May 17].
Pojar, J., MacKinnon, A. (1994). Plants of the
Spear Cooke, S. (1997). A Field Guide to
the Common Wetland Plants of
Data compiled by: Jennifer Boardman,