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Vaccinium vitis-idaea ssp. minus (Northern mountain cranberry)
Reveal, James L.

Vaccinium vitis-idaea ssp. minus

Vaccinium vitis-idaea L. ssp. minus (Lodd.) Hultén

Northern Mountain Cranberry

Ericaceae (Heath Family)

Synonym(s): Vaccinium vitis-idaea var. minus, Vaccinium vitis-idaea var. punctatum


USDA Native Status: L48 (N), AK (N), CAN (N), GL (N), SPM (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Subshrub
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Fruit Type: Berry
Size Notes: Stems procumbent to ascending, up to about 14 inches long. Often mat-forming.

Bloom Information

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


USA: AK , CT , MA , ME , MI , MN , NH , VT , WI
Canada: NB , NL , NS , ON , PE
Native Habitat: Bog/Fen

Growing Conditions

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


Conspicuous Flowers: yes

Value to Beneficial Insects

Special Value to Native Bees

This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Mt. Cuba Center - Hockessin, DE

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 vitis-idaea ssp. minus in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Vaccinium vitis-idaea ssp. minus in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Vaccinium vitis-idaea ssp. minus


Record Modified: 2023-01-23
Research By: TWC Staff

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