Vaccinium uliginosum
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Vaccinium uliginosum

great bilberry
bog whortleberry

  family ericaceae 
  genus vaccinium 

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Genus  Vaccinium Species  uliginosum Variety  Cultivar  Common names  great bilberry   bog whortleberry Family  ERICACEAE Specimen number  S11940 Data source  GrUnFr p41
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Various Life span    Annual cycle  Deciduous Stature  Shrub Growth form  Various Growth habit  Not applicable Overall height  6" - 1' 6" Overall spread   
Sunshine  Various Water  Various Optimal soil texture  Various Acceptable soil pH  Soil pH 04-06 USDA hardiness  Not classified AHS heat zones  Not classified Sunset climate zones  Not classified
Suitable for gardens  no Nursery  Unknown Compost  no Size at acquisition  Unknown Garden location  Unknown Garden notes 
Special qualities
Tolerates drought  no Tolerates high humidity  no Tolerates seaside conditions  no Insect resistant  no Disease resistant  no Deer resistant  no Best uses    Symbiosis  Attracts butterflies  no Attracts hummingbirds  no Autumn foliage  no Colorful berries  no Desirable qualities    Other interest    Other interest color  Other interest period   
Adverse factors
Common pests  Poisonous parts  Poisonous indications  Internal poison  no Dermatologic poison  no Livestock poison  no Mechanical injury  no Hay fever pollen    Hay fever season    Adverse qualities   
Herbal medicine
Medicinal properties  Medicinal parts  Has medicinal uses  no Do not self-administer  no Do no use if pregnant  no Legally restricted  no Toxicity precautions  Medicinal notes  The fruit is smaller than V. myrtillus. As a food source, Vaccinium uliginosum is often used in jelly and in sweets. Great bilberry (sometimes called bog whortleberry) is most commonly used fresh.
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  Fragrance parts  Fragrance intensity    Fragrance category    Dye parts  Dye color 
Propagule  Various Pollination method  Cross pollination Planting style    Crop spacing  2' Row spacing    Cold frame  Planting period    Harvesting period  Jul 01 - Aug 31 Frost tolerance    Heat requirement    Fertilizer  Typical Time to harvest 
Is edible  yes Culinary uses  Fresh   Jelly   Sweets Nutritional value  Edible parts  Fruit Description of edible parts smaller than V. myrtillus Flavor / texture 
Horticulture notes  In order to produce fruit Vaccinium uliginosum needs to be cross-pollinated. When planted agriculturally, space the plants 2' apart. July and August are the usual harvest months.
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes  Vaccinium uliginosum is deciduous in nature.

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Last reviewed November 01, 2004   


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