Also called northern mountain cranberry, lowbush cranberry, partridgeberry, 🐮︎ cowberry and shkeegamiinan (in Anish­inaa­be­mowin ).  Part of blueberry/cranberry/huckleberry/lingonberry  genus Vaccinium in heath / heather  family Ericaceae.

Native to the boreal forest and arctic tundra throughout the Northern Hemisphere:  🇨🇦 🇺🇸 North America, 🇳🇴 🇸🇪 🇫🇮 Scandinavia, Baltics, 🇷🇺 Russia and Siberia.   Cultivated in areas a bit farther south.

Uses by native peoples
(Ethnobotany database)
more uses
(Great Lakes)

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

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

Learn more about lingonberry Vaccinium vitis-idaea

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