Low, densely branched, often matted shrub; stems 15-40 cm tall, inconspicuously angled, greenish-brown, glabrous or minutely hairy.
Alternate, deciduous, egg-shaped to oblanceolate, to 3 cm long (sometimes longer), 1/3-1/2 as wide, rounded to pointed at tip, narrowed to base, dull green on upper surface, pale greenish with whitish bloom beneath, margins obscurely to distinctly toothed for the upper 1/2-1/3 of their length, often minutely rolled under.
Solitary in leaf axils, nodding; corollas pinkish, globular urn-shaped, 6-7 mm long, less than twice as long as wide; calyces very obscurely lobed, deciduous in fruit; filaments glabrous, shorter than anthers; anthers awned, with slender, terminal tubes.
Berries, nearly globe-shaped, 6-8 mm wide, blue to blue-black with a pale grey bloom; very palatable.
If more than one illustration is available for a species (e.g., separate illustrations were provided for two subspecies) then links to the separate images will be provided below. Note that individual subspecies or varietal illustrations are not always available.
Illustration Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia
||Value / Class
Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
of field plots
species was recorded in:
BEC Zone Class
All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in
|AT(6), CMA(5), CWH(16), ESSF(39), IMA(1), MH(130), SWB(1)|
Source: Klinkenberg 2013