Hansen's Northwest Native Plant Database

Vaccinium scoparium (Grouseberry, Red Alpine Blueberry)


 Plantae Plants


 Tracheobionta Vascular plants


 Spermatophyta Seed plants


 Magnoliophyta Flowering plants


 Magnoliopsida Dicotyledons






 Ericaceae Heath family


 Vaccinium L. blueberry


 Vaccinium scoparium Leiberg ex Coville grouse whortleberry

This plant could easily be considered a groundcover never reaching more than 1 in height.

It grows well at sub alpine elevations in Canada and across the western United States, USDA zones 3-9.

Grouseberry does especially well in open forests like that of Lodge Pole Pine (Pinus contorta var. latifolia) and on dry rocky slopes.

The pointed leaves are small and borne on strongly angled stems.

The small pink urn shaped flowers and tiny red berries are sometimes easy to miss among the dense foliage.

This shrub can fill in difficult bare exposed areas well.

Photo below left by JW Stockert, National Park Service

For a short comparison of northwest native huckleberry family plants, click here.

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