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)

Category:

Alpines and Rock Gardens

Edible Fruits and Nuts

Groundcovers

Shrubs

Height:

under 6 in. (15 cm)

Spacing:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Hardiness:

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

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Pale Pink

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Foliage:

Herbaceous

Blue-Green

Smooth-Textured

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

Regional

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

Fayetteville, Arkansas

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

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

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.