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Vaccinium caespitosum Michx.
Dwarf bilberry, Dwarf blueberry, Dwarf huckleberry
USDA Symbol: vaca13
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
Spreading widely by rootstocks and forming mats, dwarf blueberry is 6-12 in. tall with small, light green leaves. Flowers are single in leaf axils, whitish-pink and tubular. The sweet, edible berry is glaucous-blue.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Shrub Leaf:
Black, Blue Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Pink
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug
AK , CA , CO , ID , ME , MI , MN , MT , NH , NM , NV , NY , OR , UT , VT , WA , WI , WY Canada: AB
, ON Native Distribution:
AK to CA, e. through ID to the Rockies; e. in Canada & through n. states, to the Atlantic Coast Native Habitat:
Gravelly or rocky meadows, openings & mt. slopes
Growing ConditionsWater Use: High
Light Requirement: Sun
CaCO3 Tolerance: None
Soil Description: Gravelly or rocky soils.
Conditions Comments: Not Available
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
Larval Host: Heath Sulphur (Colias chippewa), Northern Blue butterfly (Lycaeides idas)
Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA)
is a larval host and/or nectar source for:
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Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff