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Bog Bilberry

Vaccinium uliginosum

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Plant Profile

Flowering Months:
Ericaceae (Heath)
Deciduous shrub
Life Cycle:
Maximum Size:
50 centimetres tall
Bogs, heathland, moorland, mountains.

Pink, 5 petals
Clusters of pendulous pale pink, bell-shaped flowers. Bog Bilberry is a shy flowerer and flowers appear together in clusters of up to 4. Insect pollinated.
The fruit is a bluish-black berry. Fruits are bluer than those of the similar looking Bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus). 5 to 8mm in diameter.
A dwarf shrub with bluish-green, oval leaves, similar to those of Bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus) but rounder and without toothed margins. The leaves are a more bluish-green and are paler beneath.
Other Names:
Bog Blueberry, Northern Bilberry, Northern Wild Blueberry, Western Blueberry.
Frequency (UK):

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Vaccinium uliginosum, also known as bog blueberry or northern wild blueberry, is a small shrub native to northern parts of North America and Eurasia. It is a member of the heath family and is closely related to the blueberry. Bog blueberry is characterized by its small, dark blue berries and small, dark green leaves. It is a popular fruit in many parts of the world and is often used to make jams, jellies, and other preserves, as well as baked goods such as pies and muffins. Bog blueberry is also believed to have a number of health benefits and is sometimes used as a natural remedy for a variety of ailments, including diabetes, eye disorders, and inflammation. In addition to its culinary and medicinal uses, bog blueberry is also grown as an ornamental plant due to its attractive flowers and fruit.


Bog Bilberry: A Nutritious and Delicious Berry for Your Garden

Bog Bilberry, also known as Vaccinium uliginosum, is a versatile and delicious berry that is native to the boreal and Arctic regions of the Northern Hemisphere. With its small size, low growing habit and attractive purple fruit, it is a great addition to any garden. In this blog, we will discuss the benefits and characteristics of Bog Bilberry, and why you should consider adding it to your garden.

Nutrition and Health Benefits: Bog Bilberries are a great source of vitamins and antioxidants. They are particularly rich in vitamin C, fiber, and potassium. These nutrients help to support a healthy immune system, improve digestion and keep the heart healthy. Additionally, the high concentration of anthocyanins found in Bog Bilberries has been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties, making it a great choice for people with joint pain or other inflammatory conditions.

Low Growing Habit: Bog Bilberries grow to a maximum height of 30 cm, making them a great choice for gardens with limited space. They are also very hardy and can grow in a variety of soil types, including clay, sand and peat soils. This makes them a great choice for gardeners who live in areas with challenging growing conditions.

Attractive Fruit: Bog Bilberries produce small, round, dark purple berries that are not only delicious but also visually appealing. The berries are great for eating fresh, making into jams, jellies, and syrups, or baking into desserts. They are also perfect for making into wine, as the high concentration of antioxidants in the fruit helps to improve the quality of the wine.

Easy to Grow: Bog Bilberries are relatively easy to grow and care for. They require minimal maintenance and are relatively disease-resistant. They can be propagated by taking cuttings or by dividing existing plants, making them a great choice for gardeners who want to save money on their plants.

In conclusion, Bog Bilberries are a versatile and nutritious berry that are easy to grow and care for. They are a great choice for gardeners with limited space, as they are low growing and hardy. With their attractive fruit and numerous health benefits, they are a great addition to any garden. So, why not consider adding Bog Bilberries to your garden this season and enjoy the benefits of this delicious berry!

Attractive Foliage: Not only do Bog Bilberries produce attractive fruit, but they also have attractive foliage. The leaves of the plant are dark green and glossy, providing a beautiful contrast to the purple fruit. Additionally, the leaves turn red and orange in the fall, providing a beautiful show of autumn color in your garden.

Harvesting and Storing: Bog Bilberries are typically harvested in late summer and early fall, when the fruit is at its ripest. They can be picked by hand or shaken from the plant onto a sheet or canvas. Once harvested, they can be stored in the refrigerator for a few days or frozen for later use.

In conclusion, Bog Bilberries are a versatile and attractive berry that offer numerous benefits to gardeners and wildlife.

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