Aug. 5, 2017

lingonberry, Vaccinium vitis-idaea

Tigers in zoos! We hear about how endangered animals can be saved in animal parks. The idea works for plants too. This Michigan rarity is one of the species grown at Michigan State University. They have a nice collection of some of Michigan's rarer plants. Of course the idea is more important for plants that are at risk nationally or globally. Lingonberry is still quite common in northern areas around the globe. The fruit has been eaten fresh or in a variety of preserves and dishes for as long as we have been hunting and gathering. Growing in AK, CT, MA, ME, MI(E), MN, NH, VT, WI, across Canada, and on GL and SPM. Beal Gardens, MSU, 5/24/12.