11 May 2015 – Deerberry – Vaccinium stamineum

Close up of flowers

Close up of flowers

This afternoon, I went looking for bogs that I had not found yet.  On the edge of one of the bogs were some Deerberry (Vaccinium stamineum) bushes.  They were putting on a showy display so I decided to photograph them.

 

 

Almost ripe berries (photo taken in July 2011)

Almost ripe berries (photo taken in July 2011)

 

Deerberry is a member of the genus Vaccinium which features blueberries, cranberries, and in the Pacific Northwest some types of huckleberries. It is native to eastern North America from Maine to Texas, and can be found in Ontario, Canada. Its fruits are edible to humans. They are readily eaten by various animals. Its twigs and foliage is relished by deer.

Once established, a single plant can form a large clonal thicket.  I just think it is a beautiful plant when in bloom.

 

Upper side of leaf

Upper side of leaf

Lower side of leaf

Lower side of leaf

 

Cluster of flowers

Cluster of flowers

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