Common Names black twinberry
Flower Color Pale yellow
Plant Type Shrub
The Black Twinberry grows along ocean beaches and in sand dunes. Once drought tolerant is established, this species does well in the Pacific Northwest gardens. It will tolerate growing in a wide variety of soils. However, it will flower and fruit better with irrigation during our drier months of summer.
The plant used to be used for various things. Even thought the berries are bitter tasting, they are edible. The berries were also once used as a rub-on dye to prevent the hair from turning gray. Native Americans also used it as a black pigment for other reasons. The twigs and stems were used for medical reasons such as digestion problems and as a contraceptive. The black twinberry isn't used for medical reasons anymore.