Vaccinium cespitosum Michx.
Coefficient of Conservatism: 9
Coefficient of Wetness: 3
Wetness Index: FACU
Physiognomy: Nt Shrub
Status: T

A native of North America, ranging from Labrador to Alaska, south (in eastern North America) to the Great Lakes region. In our area, it grows very locally on fairly dry (or only seasonally wet) sandy soils, in openings among aspen and other hardwoods; much lower in stature than even V. angustifolium, with which it often grows.

The bilberries all have tasty fruit, which lacks the persistent 5-pointed crown of sepals that characterizes the true blueberries.


Alger County
Keweenaw County
    Including Isle Royale
Marquette County
Ontonagon County
Schoolcraft County


MICHIGAN FLORA ONLINE. A. A. Reznicek, E. G. Voss, & B. S. Walters. February 2011. University of Michigan. Web. June 29, 2022.