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Vaccinium vitis-idaea minus

Evergreen, Edible fruit, Ground covers, Shrubs


Excellent ornamental shrubs that include native and non-native cranberries, huckleberries, lingonberries, and blueberries. Each produces clusters of tiny, bell-shaped flowers in spring, plus colorful, edible berries that attract birds and hikers.

Most require organically enriched, acid soil, and thrive in woodland gardens. For specific info about edible Blueberries see that entry.

Vaccinium vitis-idaea minus

This cold-hardy form is from arctic North America. This evergreen ground cover has smaller leaves (to 1/2 in.) than the species, is attractive in rock gardens, containers. Grows about 1 ft. tall and spreads by underground rhizomes. The fruit is used in preserves and syrups.

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