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Vaccinium myrtilloides
velvet-leaf blueberry

Distribution: British Columbia east to Labrador, and in the northern tier of states, Montana to West Virginia; Okanogan County in Washington.

Habitat: Mountain meadows, forest openings, bogs and barrens.

Flowers: May - June

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Threatened in Washington (WANHP)


Deciduous shrubs, forming open colonies, the stems 1-11.5 dm. tall; twigs greenish-brown, terete, hairy.


Leaves alternate, the blades green, elliptic, 23-35 mm. long and 8-16 mm. wide, entire, usually densely hairy, without glands.


Flowers solitary or few in the leaf axils; calyx green, glabrous; corolla urn-shaped, greenish-white to pink, 3-5 mm. long; stamens 10, the filaments hairy; anthers opening by pores; ovary inferior.


Berries blue, 6-8 mm. in diameter, glabrous and glaucous

Accepted Name:
Vaccinium myrtilloides Michx.
Publication: Fl. Bor.-Amer. 1: 234. 1803. 1803.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Cyanococcus canadensis (Kalm ex Richardson) Rydb.
Vaccinium angustifolium Aiton var. myrtilloides (Michx.) House
Vaccinium canadense Kalm ex Richardson
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Vaccinium myrtilloides in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Vaccinium myrtilloides checklist entry.

OregonFlora: Vaccinium myrtilloides information.

E-Flora BC: Vaccinium myrtilloides atlas page.

CalPhotos: Vaccinium myrtilloides photos.

USDA Plants: Vaccinium myrtilloides information.

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