Northern Mountain Cranberry (Vaccinium vitis-idaea subsp. minus)

Common names:
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Botanical names:
Vaccinium vitis-idaea subsp. minus Accepted
Vaccinium vitis-idaea var. minus Synonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Wet Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Extremely acid (3.5 – 4.4)
Very strongly acid (4.5 – 5.0)
Strongly acid (5.1 – 5.5)
Moderately acid (5.6 – 6.0)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 2 -45.6 °C (-50 °F) to -42.8 °C (-45°F)
Plant Height: 2-7 inches
Plant Spread: 1-6 inches
Leaves: Good fall color
Unusual foliage color
Fruit: Showy
Fruiting Time: Summer
Flowers: Showy
Blooms on old wood
Flower Color: Pink
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Spring
Underground structures: Rhizome
Suitable Locations: Bog gardening
Uses: Groundcover
Medicinal Herb
Will Naturalize
Suitable for miniature gardens
Edible Parts: Fruit
Eating Methods: Raw
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Needs specific temperature: 40 F
Days to germinate: May take several months.
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Cuttings: Root
Stolons and runners
Pollinators: Bumblebees

Several flower clusters on a plant recently transplanted

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Posted by Cyclaminist (Minneapolis, Minnesota - Zone 5a) on May 1, 2016 4:51 PM

Very cute little plant. Shorter and smaller-leaved than the more commonly grown European subspecies, and seems to branch more often. We call it lingonberry here in Minnesota because lots of us are Scandinavian.

I've observed a mining bee (Andrena) visiting the flowers. Not sure if bumblebees are interested in such tiny flowers.

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