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PlantFiles: Alpine Bilberry, Bog Bilberry, Ground Hurts
Vaccinium uliginosum

Family: Ericaceae (er-ek-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Vaccinium (vak-SIN-ee-um) (Info)
Species: uliginosum (ew-li-gi-NO-sum) (Info)

2 members have or want this plant for trade.

Alpines and Rock Gardens
Edible Fruits and Nuts

under 6 in. (15 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 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
Sun to Partial Shade

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
Pale Pink

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer


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

Soil pH requirements:
4.6 to 5.0 (highly acidic)
5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From semi-hardwood cuttings
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; stratify if sowing indoors

Seed Collecting:
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

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1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Erutuon On Jun 7, 2011, Erutuon from Minneapolis, MN wrote:

I bought a plant labeled as Vaccinium uliginosum this spring (2011) at the Friends School Plant Sale and planted it in our new rain garden. I'm not certain it's correctly identified. The leaves are somewhat more leathery than those of blueberries, but aren't blue-green or rounded at the tip as in most photos online (or the photo on the sale website). Perhaps my plant is a bilberry or huckleberry, just not the bog bilberry.

Neutral Todd_Boland On Feb 26, 2005, Todd_Boland from St. John's, NL (Zone 5b) wrote:

This is a common prostrate shrub in exposed areas of Newfoundland. The fruit are blue and taste much like a blueberry but the plants only produce individual berries rather than clusters. The leaves are rounded and can be quite blue-gren in colour. Could make a nice shrub for a rock garden setting.


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

Fayetteville, Arkansas

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