Vaccinium oxycoccos L.
Ericaceae (Heath Family)
Synonym(s): Oxycoccus hagerupii, Oxycoccus intermedius, Oxycoccus microcarpos, Oxycoccus ovalifolius, Oxycoccus oxycoccos, Oxycoccus oxycoccos, Oxycoccus palustris, Oxycoccus palustris ssp. microphyllus, Oxycoccus palustris var. intermedius, Oxycoccus palustris var. ovalifolius, Oxycoccus quadripetalus, Oxycoccus quadripetalus var. microphyllus, Vaccinium microcarpos, Vaccinium oxycoccos ssp. microphyllum, Vaccinium oxycoccos var. intermedium, Vaccinium oxycoccos var. microphyllum, Vaccinium oxycoccos var. ovalifolium
USDA Symbol: VAOX
Vaccinium oxycoccus, a native of North America and Eurasia that occurs in mainland Canada and across the northern United States, has small leaves that are whitish beneath and have rolled edges.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: Pink
DistributionUSA: AK , CT , ID , IL , IN , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , NH , NJ , NY , OH , OR , PA , RI , VA , VT , WA , WI , WV
Canada: AB , BC , MB , NB , NL , NS , ON , PE , QC , SK
Native Habitat: Bog/Fen,Tundra
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun , Part Shade , Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist , Wet
Soil pH: Acidic (pH<6.8)
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
Larval Host: Bog Fritillary (Boloria eunomia)
Value to Beneficial InsectsSpecial Value to Native Bees
This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.
Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA)Vaccinium oxycoccos is a larval host and/or nectar source for:
Bog Fritillary |
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BibliographyBibref 1186 - Field Guide to Moths of Eastern North America (2005) Covell, C.V., Jr.
Bibref 1185 - Field Guide to Western Butterflies (Peterson Field Guides) (1999) Opler, P.A. and A.B. Wright
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Vaccinium oxycoccos in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Vaccinium oxycoccos in the Flora of North America (if available)
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MetadataRecord Modified: 2013-11-12
Research By: TWC Staff