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Bog huckleberry
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Scientific classification
  • Gaylussacia dumosa var. bigeloviana Fernald 1911

Gaylussacia bigeloviana, the bog huckleberry, is a plant species native to the coastal plains of eastern Canada and the eastern United States. It grows from Newfoundland to South Carolina.

Gaylussacia bigeloviana is a shrub up to 1 m (40 inches) tall, sometimes forming small colonies. It has thick, leathery leaves, shiny on the top side, pale green on the underside. Flowers are in groups of 3–7, white, pink, or red. Fruits are black, juicy but bland-tasting. The species grows in swamps and marshes, including acidic bogs alongside Sphagnum peatmosses.

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