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Vaccinium scoparium

Distribution: Occurring on both sides of the Cascades crest in Washington; British Columbia south to California, east to Colorado.

Habitat: Open, dry forests, mid- to high elevations in the mountains.

Flowers: May-August

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Deciduous shrub, more or less matted, 1-2.5 dm. tall, the branches numerous, slender, broom-like, strongly angled, greenish or yellowish-green, usually glabrous.


Leaves lanceolate to ovate-lanceolate, 8-15 mm. long, finely serrulate, light green, usually glabrous, conspicuously veiny on the lower surface.


Flowers solitary in the axils of the lowest leaves of the youngest shoots, short-petiolate; corolla entire, pinkish, broadly urn-shaped, about 4 mm. long; anthers with awns and terminal pore-bearing tubes; ovary inferior.


Fruit a bright red berry, globose, 3-5 mm. broad.

Accepted Name:
Vaccinium scoparium Leiberg ex Coville
Publication: Contr. U.S. Natl. Herb. 5: 103. 1897.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Vaccinium erythrococcum Rydb.
Vaccinium myrtillus L. var. microphyllum Hook.
Additional Resources:

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

WA Flora Checklist: Vaccinium scoparium checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Vaccinium scoparium atlas page.

CalPhotos: Vaccinium scoparium photos.

USDA Plants: Vaccinium scoparium information.

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