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Vaccinium uliginosum
bog bilberry, bog blueberry

Distribution: Occurring on both sides of the Cascades crest in Washington; Alaska to California, east to Nevada, Utah, Wyoming and Montana, east across northern North America to the Atlantic.

Habitat: Bogs and fens from low elevation to subalpine.

Flowers: June-August

Origin: Native

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Deciduous, branching shrub, the stems 2-6 dm. tall, not angled, the young bark yellowish-green, becoming reddish-gray with age.


Leaves alternate, entire, oblanceolate 1-3 cm. long, glabrous or finely puberulent.


Flowers 1-4 in the leaf axils, pink, 5-6 mm. long, the sepals deltoid, persistent, the corolla broadly urn-shaped; anthers with awns and terminal pore-bearing tubes; ovary inferior.


Fruit a blue berry, glaucous, 5-7 mm. broad.

Accepted Name:
Vaccinium uliginosum L.
Publication: Sp. Pl. 1: 350. 1753. 1753.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Vaccinium gaultherioides Bigelow
Vaccinium occidentale A. Gray [HC]
Vaccinium uliginosum L. ssp. alpinum (Bigelow) Hultén
Vaccinium uliginosum L. ssp. microphyllum Lange
Vaccinium uliginosum L. ssp. occidentale (A. Gray) Hultén
Vaccinium uliginosum L. ssp. pedris (Harshberger) S.B. Young
Vaccinium uliginosum L. ssp. pubescens (Wormsk. ex Horneman) S.B. Young
Vaccinium uliginosum L. var. salicinum (Cham.) Hultén
Additional Resources:

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

WA Flora Checklist: Vaccinium uliginosum checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Vaccinium uliginosum atlas page.

CalPhotos: Vaccinium uliginosum photos.

USDA Plants: Vaccinium uliginosum information.

6 photographs:
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