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Vaccinium deliciosum
Cascade blueberry, Rainier blueberry, blueleaf huckleberry

Distribution: Ocurring in the Olympic and Cascade Mountains of Washington; British Columbia south to California, east to Idaho.

Habitat: Forest openings and mountain meadows, mid- to high elevations.

Flowers: May-July

Origin: Native

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Deciduous, low, often matted shrub 1.5-4 dm. tall, the branches slightly angled, greenish-brown, glabrous.


Leaves alternate, obovate to obovate-oblanceolate, 1.5-5 cm. long and 1/3-1/2 as broad, rounded to obtuse, the base wedge-shaped, pale bluish-green, glaucous but not glandular on the lower surface, the margins serrulate on the upper half or less.


Flowers single in the axils, pinkish, 6-7 mm. long; calyx obscurely 5-lobed; corolla united, broadly urn-shaped, much less than twice as long as broad, the 5 lobes very short, reflexed; anthers with dorsal awns and apical, pore-bearing tubes; ovary inferior.


Fruit a berry, glaucous-blue, globose, 5-8 mm. broad.

Accepted Name:
Vaccinium deliciosum Piper
Publication: Mazama. 2: 103. 1901. 1901.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Vaccinium deliciosum in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Vaccinium deliciosum checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Vaccinium deliciosum atlas page.

CalPhotos: Vaccinium deliciosum photos.

USDA Plants: Vaccinium deliciosum information.

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