|Scientific Name||Vaccinium myrtillus||USDA PLANTS Symbol||VAMY2|
|Common Name||Mountain Blueberry, Bilberry, Whortleberry||ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.||23605|
Life zones and habitat: Foothills to alpine (7500 to 12500); dry, acidic soil under conifers and rocky ridges.
Plant: Spreading, branched shrub 4 to 12 inches tall; sharply angled, bright green stems.
Leaves: Pointed elliptical to ovate leaves, 5/8 to 1-1/2 inches long; sharply-toothed edges.
Inflorescence: Very small (~3/16-inch) urn-shaped, nodding flowers, usually pink but may also be cream or greenish-white.
Fruit: Blue, round berries 3/8-inch across, shiney.
Bloom Period: June to August.
References: "Guide to Colorado Wildflowers" by G.K. Guennel, "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield and SEINet.
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Banner photo: Ten Mile Range and Rhodiola integrifolia (King’s Crown) in Summit County