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Vaccinium uliginosum L.
Alpine blueberry, Bog blueberry
Synonyms: Vaccinium uliginosum ssp. pubescens
USDA Symbol: vaul
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
An 8-20 in., much-branched blueberry bush with firm, oval leaves. Pink, bell-shaped flowers occur 1-4 per axil. Berries are dark blue and glaucous.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Shrub Leaf:
Dark Green Flower:
Purple Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Pink
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul
AK , CA , ID , ME , MI , MN , MT , NH , NV , NY , OR , UT , VT , WA , WY Canada: AB
, SK Native Distribution:
Circumpolar, s. in the U.S. to n. New England, extreme n.e. MN, & Humbolt Co., CA Native Habitat:
Heath & bogs USDA Native Status: L48(N), AK(N), CAN(N),
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade , Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist , Wet
CaCO3 Tolerance: None
Soil Description: Wet, acid soils.
Conditions Comments: Not Available
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
Attracts: Birds , Butterflies
Larval Host: Heath Sulphur (Colias chippewa), Polaris Fritillary (Boloria polaris)
Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA)
is a larval host and/or nectar source for:
PropagationDescription: Vaccinium species are propagated by seeds, cuttings and rooted suckers of offshoots.
Seed Treatment: Dormancy varies. Cold-moist stratification may be necessary.
Commercially Avail: yes
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Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff