Ericaceae
Vaccinium scoparium

Grouseberry

Short shrub with many smooth-barked branches, rooting when touching soil and often forming dense stands. Green twigs are strongly angled. Leaves deciduous, oval, 1/2–3/4 in., finely toothed. Solitary pink flowers are urn-shaped, hanging from bases of lowest leaves on young shoots. Red berries about 1/4 in. diameter are edible, but more often eaten by birds and other animals. Grows in high-elevation forests. Rare in California, but locally common farther north.

  • Rarity: Locally Common
  • Flowering Time: Mid Spring
  • Life Cycle: Perennial
  • Height: 6--20 inches
  • Habitat: East-Side Forest, West-Side Forest
  • Found In: N Cascades NP, Mt. Rainier NP, Wallowas, Crater Lake NP
  • Native: Yes