|Vaccinium stamineum subsp. var.||Deerberry, Squaw Huckleberry|
Vaccinium stamineum, commonly known as deerberry, squaw huckleberry or gooseberry, is a flowering shrub in the heath family. The plant is native to eastern North America from Ontario in the north, south to Florida and west to Texas. Its white, bell-shaped flowers consisting of 5 spreading petals emerge from April through June, and on rare occasions from October through November. The fruit is an edible pubescent berry. The species is highly variable and a number of varieties have been named. It is typically found in rocky or sandy soil in xeric woodlands.
|Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture|
Vaccinium stamineum, Linn. Deerberry. Squaw Huckleberry. A divergently branched shrub, 2-5 ft. high, with pubescent twigs, not white-speckled: lvs. 1-4 in. long, oval to obovate-oblong or elliptical, acute, entire, pale, glaucous and pubescent beneath: fls. very numerous in large leafy-bracted racemes, showy, jointed with the slender spreading or pendulous pedicels; calyx glabrous; corolla pure white, rarely purple-tinged, open-campanulate, 5-cleft, anthers and style exserted: fr. large, 3/8 – 1/2 in. long, globose or pyriform, greenish or yellowish, glaucous, few-seeded, almost or quite inedible. Dry woods and thickets, E. N. Amer.—Corolla peculiar in not being closed in the bud.
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