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Cowberry

Vaccinium vitis-idaea

Description:

It is a short evergreen shrub in the heath family (Ericaceae) that bears edible fruit, native to boreal forest and Arctic tundra throughout the Northern Hemisphere from Eurasia to North America. This plant spreads by underground stems to form dense clonal colonies. Leaves grow alternately and are oval, with a slightly wavy margin, and sometimes with a notched tip. The flowers are bell-shaped, white to pale pink, and produced in the early summer. The fruit is a red berry with an acidic taste, ripening in late summer to autumn.

Habitat:

Boat of Garten woods.

Notes:

Tasty marmalade can be made from these fruits.

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2 Comments

The MnMs
The MnMs 5 years ago

Thanks, Suzanne!

suzmonk
suzmonk 5 years ago

Pretty ... and good info, too, thanks!

Debbie Stewart
Debbie Stewart 5 years ago

I have never seen one of these Marta and they are in my own Country!! lovely spotting!

Scotland, United Kingdom

Lat: 57.25, Long: -3.76

Spotted on Jun 21, 2013
Submitted on Aug 5, 2013

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