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Part of blueberry/​cranberry/​huckleberry/​lingonberry  genus Vaccinium (from Latin:  relating to 🐮︎ cows), in heath / heather  family Ericaceae.

Native all across the Northern Hemisphere, in areas that are currently boreal forest or arctic tundra, and which typically were glaciated during the Last Glacial Period:  Alaska, 🇨🇦 Canada, much of 🇪🇺 Europe (🇬🇧 UK, 🇮🇸 Iceland 🇳🇴 🇸🇪 🇫🇮 Scandinavia, through the 🇪🇪 🇱🇻 🇱🇹 Baltics to 🇷🇺 Russia), Siberia, and some nearby areas (e.g., 🇹🇷 Turkey, 🇨🇳 China, 🇯🇵 Japan and northern continental 🇺🇸 USA).   🌎︎ Map by county (🇺🇸 USA-48) (colors).   Cultivated in areas a bit farther south.

Uses by native peoples
(Ethnobotany database)

Vaccinium hosts caterpillars of 288 species
of butterflies and moths, in some areas.

Often grows in clonal colonies [1] —look around for other stems!

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