Connecticut Plants
Dwarf Huckleberry
Gaylussacia bigeloviana (Fern.) Sorrie & Weakley

Dwarf huckleberry is threatened in Connecticut.

  • Synonyms: Gaylussacia dumosa (Andrews) Torr. & A. Gray var. bigeloviana Fernald
  • Family: heath (Ericaceae)
  • Habitat: bogs and wet, sandy soil
  • Height: 8-24 inches
  • Flower size: 1/4 to 3/8 inch long
  • Flower color: white to pale pink
  • Flowering time: June
  • Origin: native
Gaylussacia dumosa (Andr.) Torr. & Gray
Gaylussacia dumosa (Andr.) Torr. & Gray

This photo shows two traits that distinguish this plant from other huckleberries and blueberries. First, note that the fruits are interspersed with small leaves (in technical terms, the racemes are foliaceous). Second, note the tiny pointed tip (a mucro) on each full-size leaf. This is most obvious on the leaves near the right edge of the photo.

Gaylussacia dumosa (Andr.) Torr. & Gray
Gaylussacia dumosa (Andr.) Torr. & Gray