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Bilberry

Vaccinium myrtillus

Also known as

Whortleberry, Whinberry, European Blueberry, Blaeberry, Dwarf Bilberry, Myrtle Blueberry

Full Sun
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy

H7

RHS hardiness

-20°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

40cm

Max

30cm

15cm

Min

20cm

Fruiting

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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Bilberry Overview

This is a compact semi-deciduous shrub about 45cm tall. It has small oval leaves with finely-toothed edges. In the spring it will produce 6-12mm wide dusky red, bell-shaped flowers. The fruits are edible blue-black berries. This plant is often found in the wild in Northern Europe. STEM: Upright, many, young shoots 3-angled. ROOT: Creeping underground stem. HAIRS: Absent STIPULES: Absent LEAF-STALK: Shorter than blade. BRACTS: 2, scale-like. FLOWER STALK: About equaling flower. SEPALS: 4-5, joined, forming scarcely lobed ring. PETALS: 4-5, joined, globular, tips bent back. STAMENS: 8-10 STIGMA: 1, club-shaped, long style. OVARY: 1, below sepals, 4-5 celled. SEEDS: Many, small.

Common problems with Bilberry

How to propagate Bilberry

Cuttings

You can propagate by division or from semi-ripe cuttings.

Division

Seed

Seed in autumn.

Other uses of Bilberry

Wildflower/meadow, edible or culinary.