Bilberry Vaccinium myrtillus

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Best Time to See
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Habitat Woodland

Also known as the huckleberry, whorlberry and, in Scotland, blaeberry.

A small deciduous shrub with lantern-shaped green-pink flowers and edible blue-black berries. The latter are said to have a sweet-sharp flavour and are used to make both jam and blue and purple dyes.

Distribution

Found throughout the UK except for most of the English midlands and East Anglia.

Habitat

Moors and open woods.

Best time to see

May-June when it flowers.

County flower of Leeds.

It is also a symbol of the open air of the hills, especially around Leeds, where the plant will be forever associated with the novels and poetry of the Bronte sisters.