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Vaccinium vitis-idaea

Family: Ericaceae (er-ek-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Vaccinium (vak-SIN-ee-um) (Info)
Species: vitis-idaea (VY-tiss id-uh-EE-uh) (Info)

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Edible Fruits and Nuts

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

USDA Zone 2a: to -45.5 C (-50 F)
USDA Zone 2b: to -42.7 C (-45 F)
USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
4.5 or below (very acidic)
4.6 to 5.0 (highly acidic)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds
Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible

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2 neutrals
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive JHFarm On Apr 12, 2011, JHFarm from Francestown, NH wrote:

Great ground cover if you can find it. Slow at first but after a year it takes off. Loves growing in gravel. For photos, check out:

Positive BigHat On Mar 3, 2011, BigHat from The Hudson Valley, NY (Zone 5b) wrote:

Vaccinium vitis-idaea is also called Partridgeberry in Newfoundland

Neutral Chickadee12 On Jan 14, 2008, Chickadee12 from Brookfield, CT (Zone 5b) wrote:

Mountain cranberry is a common plant in northern regions of America, Europe, and Asia. In Connecticut, however, it is believed to be extinct. The plant has red, edible berries that ripen in August or September.

Family: Heath (Ericaceae)
Habitat: rocky and peaty places
Height: 2-7 inches
Flower size: 1/4 inch across
Flower color: pink
Flowering time: June to July
Origin: native

This information is from The Connecticut Botonical Society

Neutral Grasmussen On Oct 1, 2006, Grasmussen from Anchorage, AK (Zone 4a) wrote:

There are two recognised subspecies of Vaccinium vitis-idaea. One subspecies of vitis-idaea occurs throughout northern Europe and Asia. It is the taller one, 12" or more.
The other subspecies is common in Alaska and Canada. It is a Creeping, evergreen sub-shrub to 6 high with urn-shaped white to pink flowers in summer, edible red berries. Hardy to 40 degrees

Positive tcfromky On Sep 17, 2004, tcfromky from Mercer, PA (Zone 5a) wrote:

This plant is originally from Europe and has ornamental flowers, leaves and fruits. It reaches a height of 12' and is hardy to zone 2. If planted in hotter climates, such as zone 8, it's best to plant in the shade.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Berkeley, California
Isle, Minnesota
Francestown, New Hampshire
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
Seattle, Washington

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