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Summary and Appearance Edit

Bilberries are any of several primarily Eurasian species of low-growing shrubs in the genus Vaccinium (family Ericaceae), bearing edible, nearly black berries. The species most often referred to is Vaccinium myrtillus L., but there are several other closely related species.

Origin Edit

The name bilberry appears to have a Scandinavian origin, possibly from as early as 1577, being similar to the Danish word bølle for whortleberry with the addition of "berry". The bilberry (especially Vaccinium myrtillus) is also known by a number of other English names including blaeberry in Scotland, whortleberry in southern England, and w(h)imberry or w(h)inberry in south Wales and along the Anglo-Welsh border amongst other places.

Flower Edit

A bilberry flower can be red, white or a blending mix of of white and pink.

Bilberries

Bilberries and their leaves.

Bilberry Flowers

Red bilberry flowers.