History/general species info: Southwestern Native Americans supposedly used the fruit of pigeonberry to make red dye. In Mexico, pigeonberry leaves were used to treat wounds. There is some evidence from a study of leaf extracts that the leaves are weakly effective in reducing growth of certain bacteria.
Characteristics: Small shrub. Evergreen. Blooms spring to fall. Heat tolerant. Medium water requirements. As a general rule of thumb, prune flowering shrubs after they finish blooming. Tolerates a lot of salt spray and salty soil, but not a lot of storm winds. Grows in sand, loam and clay. Salt tolerant. Leaves and roots and probably the berries of pigeonberry are poisonous to the gastrointestinal system. Deer resistant.
Flower: yes; pink to white - red fruit
Planting / Care: Prefers light shade and moist but well drained soil. Without supplemental water in summer, it may go dormant.