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Vaccinium vitis-idaea , Lingonberry, Cowberry

Vaccinium vitis-idaea

Lingonberry, Cowberry
Family: Ericaceae
USDA Zone: 3-7?
USDA Plant Hardiness MapSmall plant 2-5 ftSemi-shadeFull sunModerate waterRegular waterWhite, off-white flowersPink flowersEdible plantEthnomedical plant.
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Ethnomedical statements / products have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. We urge all customers to consult a physician before using any supplements, herbals or medicines advertised here or elsewhere.Subtropical or temperate zone plant. Mature plant cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

Lingonberries are popularly eaten with a variety of meat dishes, in particular with game meat. Vaccinium vitis-idaea is an ideal choice for those looking to create a low maintenance garden with impressive ground cover, an abundance of winter color, and the bonus of edible fruit. The shrubs may reach 2-5 feet in height. Lingonberry can be grown in full sun to light shade, but should be planted in a sheltered spot as its thin leaves are damaged by heavy winds and freezing temperatures below 24F. Water regularly or frequently as well as in times of prolonged drought and fertilize with a balanced fertilizer in the spring once a year. Lingonberry can be grown in USDA Zone 3-7 and the more severe the climate. The fruits of the lingonberry are high in nutrition, containing an impressive amount of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. It is high in dietary fiber, Vitamin C, Vitamin K and manganese. Lingonberry consumption has been associated with numerous health benefits which include improved vascular and lung function, bone health and risk reduction in chronic diseases such as diabetes and cancer. Typically a single plant can produced a plentiful supply of fruits each year, enough to make a plenty of jam.

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