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Vaccinium myrtilloides (Velvetleaf huckleberry)
Bruso, George H.

Vaccinium myrtilloides

Vaccinium myrtilloides Michx.

Velvetleaf Huckleberry

Ericaceae (Heath Family)

Synonym(s): Cyanococcus canadensis, Vaccinium angustifolium var. myrtilloides, Vaccinium canadense


USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Fruit Type: Berry
Size Notes: Up to about 3 feet tall.
Fruit: Blue.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Pink
Bloom Time: May , Jun


USA: CT , IA , IL , IN , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , MT , NC , NH , NY , OH , PA , VA , VT , WA , WI , WV
Canada: AB , BC , MB , NB , NL , NS , ON , PE , QC , SK
Native Habitat: Woodland,Forest Edge,Swamp/Marsh,Bog/Fen

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade , Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
Soil pH: Acidic (pH<6.8)
Soil Description: Sand


Attracts: Birds , Butterflies
Larval Host: Spring Azure

Value to Beneficial Insects

Special 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)

Spring Azure
(Celastrina "ladon" )

Larval Host
Learn more at BAMONA

National Wetland Indicator Status

This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1 (Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here for map of regions.


Bibref 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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Web Reference

Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

USDA: Find Vaccinium myrtilloides in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Vaccinium myrtilloides in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Vaccinium myrtilloides


Record Modified: 2023-04-03
Research By: TWC Staff

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