Wet to moist bogs, meadows, open forests, alpine fellfields and cliffs in the lowland to alpine zones; frequent throughout BC; circumpolar, N to AK, YT and NT, E to NF and S to NY, MN and N CA; Eurasia.
A shade-intolerant, submontane to alpine, circumpolar, evergreen shrub (transcontinental in North America). Grows on a wide range of sites in tundra, boreal, and cool mesothermal climates. Most often in nitrogen-poor soils in semi-terrestrial communities (peat bogs) where it inhabits topographic prominences. An oxylophytic species characteristic of Mor humus forms.
Empetrum atropurpureum Fernald & Wiegand Empetrum nigrum var. atropurpureum (Fernald & Wiegand) B. Boivin Empetrum nigrum var. purpureum (Raf.) A. DC. Empetrum rubrum var. atropurpureum (Fernald & Wiegand) R. Good
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