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Bilberry

Vaccinium myrtillus

Plant Data

Order:
Ericales
Family:
Ericaceae (Heath)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
One or two reddish-pink bell-shaped flowers on short stalks at leaf bases.
Fruit:
Small, round, dark blue, flat-topped berries. No larger than 1cm in diameter.
Leaves:
Small, light green and short-stalked oval to elliptical leaves with netted veins. Leaf margins are finely serrated.
Maximum Size:
75cm tall.
Foraging Notes:
Fruit is edible and highly nutritious, similar to blueberries.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Other Names:
Blaeberry, Bog Bilberry, European Blueberry, Fraughan, Huckleberry, Myrtle Berry, Myrtle Blueberry, Shinberry, Whimberry, Whinberry, Whortleberry, Wimberry, Winberry, Windberry.
Habitats:
Heathland, moorland, woodland.