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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).   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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