Vaccinium uliginosum L.
Vaccinium occidentale A. Gray
Vaccinium uliginosum L. ssp. alpinum (Bigelow) Hultén
Vaccinium uliginosum L. var. alpinum Bigelow
Vaccinium uliginosum L. ssp. gaultherioides (Bigelow) S.B. Young
Vaccinium uliginosum L. ssp. microphyllum Lange
Vaccinium uliginosum L. ssp. occidentale (A. Gray) Hultén
Vaccinium uliginosum L. var. occidentale (A. Gray) H. Hara
Vaccinium uliginosum L. ssp. pedris (HarshA. Berger) S.B. Young
Vaccinium uliginosum L. ssp. pubescens (Wormsk. ex Hornem.) S.B. Young
Vaccinium uliginosum L. var. salicinum (Cham.) Hultén
Bog huckleberry, bog bilberry, northern bilberry, bog blueberry, alpine blueberry
These blueberries are found in North America, as well as Japan, Korea, Mongolia, Russia, and Europe.
Identification: Shrubs are 20-39" (50-100 cm) high. When found on mountains, shrubs are usually 4-6" (10-15 cm) high. Leaves are obovate to elliptic to oblong, ⅜-1" (1-3 cm) × ⅛-½" (6-15 mm). Flowers are pink (really white/pink striped), urn-shaped. They appear in June. Berries are dark blue and covered with a waxy whitish coating.
This Vaccinium comparision chart also includes a couple of similar-appearing species that are not Vaccinium.
Edibility: Delicious. Headaches have been reported after eating large quantities of the fruit, but this may be a result of fungal contamination.
Vaccinium uliginosum on Plants for a Future, a resource and information centre for edible and otherwise useful plants
Vaccinium uliginosum at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Vaccinium uliginosum on Wikimedia Commons
Vaccinium uliginosum on the USDA Forest Service's Fire Effects Information Database
Vaccinium uliginosum on eFloras
Vaccinium uliginosum description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 25 May 2020.