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plant of the large genus Vaccinium, widely distributed shrubs (occasionally small trees) of the family Ericaceae (heathheath,
in botany, common name for some members of the Ericaceae, a family of chiefly evergreen shrubs with berry or capsule fruits. Plants of the heath family form the characteristic vegetation of many regions with acid soils, particularly the moors, swamps, and mountain slopes
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 family), usually found on acid soil. They are often confused with the related huckleberryhuckleberry,
any plant of the genus Gaylussacia, shrubs of the family Ericaceae (heath family), native to North and South America. The box huckleberry (G. brachycera) of E North America is evergreen and is often cultivated. The common huckleberry (G.
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. Blueberries were a favorite food of the Native Americans, who ate them fresh or dried them for winter use. The berries have been an article of commerce since early days. The high-bush blueberry (V. corymbosum) and the low-bush blueberry (V. augustifolium or pennsylvanicum), native to North America from Minnesota eastward, are the species most often cultivated, and a number of varieties are now grown in the East and West. Various species are sometimes called bilberry or whortleberry. The "huckleberry" of florists, sold for greenery, is a West Coast evergreen species, V. ovatum, called box blueberry and kinnikinick. The related cranberry is considered by some botanists to be of the same genus as the blueberries. Blueberries are classified in the division MagnoliophytaMagnoliophyta
, division of the plant kingdom consisting of those organisms commonly called the flowering plants, or angiosperms. The angiosperms have leaves, stems, and roots, and vascular, or conducting, tissue (xylem and phloem).
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, class Magnoliopsida, order Ericales, family Ericaceae.
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Famous immune-boosting healers. Berries have flared crown at the end. Very similar to bilberries. Ripe blueberries are white or light green inside, while bilberries and huckleberries are red or purple throughout. Bilberries are most often found singularly or in pairs, while blueberries are most often found in clusters. Leaves are dried and used to make a great tea. One of the most popular plants to grow, high in antioxidants. A very productive plant that's picky about the type of soil its in. (doesn't like clay soil) Use peat moss and mulch around blueberry bush. There are many varieties with different needs and qualities, so make sure what you're getting. Make great potted plant for city balconies etc. Blueberry leaves can also be used to make tea. Anthocyanins create the blue or black color, which means super high antioxidants anti-aging power. Anti-cancer, heart, blood pressure, blood sugar, depression, cholesterol, nitric oxide, brain, stroke, varicose veins, eye and vision problems like glaucoma, macular degeneration, helps lose belly fat. Many varieties available at www.EdibleLandscaping.com
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blueberry

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(botany)
Any of several species of plants in the genus Vaccinium of the order Ericales; the fruit, a berry, occurs in clusters on the plant.
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blueberry

1. any of several North American ericaceous shrubs of the genus Vaccinium, such as V. pennsylvanicum, that have blue-black edible berries with tiny seeds
2. 
a. the fruit of any of these plants
b. (as modifier): #5blueberry pie
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