Cowberry Vaccinium vitis-idaea

Status Green - Least concern
Best Time to See June, July, August
Habitat Woodland, Heathland, Upland

A dwarf evergreen shrub with white or pink bell-shaped flowers in short, dense clusters. The fruit is red.

It is very similar to the closely-related bilberry.


Moors, heaths, mountains and coniferous woodlands.

Best time to see

Flowers June-August.

Did you know?

Although rarely eaten in the UK, the red berries of cowberry are just about edible and have a sharp taste. They can be used to make jelly.

Local names include clusterberry, cranberry-wire, flowering box, lingberry, keadya-atchin and moonog.