Gaylussacia frondosa
blue huckleberry or dangleberry

Gaylussacia frondosa
Gaylussacia frondosa
Photo, Renee Brecht
Britton & Brown
Botanical name: Gaylussacia frondosa
Common name: blue huckleberry or dangleberry
Group: dicot
Family: Ericaceae
Growth type: shrub
Duration: perennial
Origin: native
Plant height: 2 - 5'
Foliage: alternate, leaves pale beneath
Flower: 1/8-3/8" long, bell shaped; white to pale pink; perfect, in one sided races, flower stalks longer than the flowers; fruit black, covered with short hairs
Flowering time: flowers late May to late June; fruits late July into September
Habitat: bogs, wet sandy soil
Range in New Jersey: statewide
Heritage ranking, if any: n/a
Misc. Gaylussacia is named in honor of French chemist Joseph Louis Gay-Lussac (1778-1850) The stalk of the flower (and berry) is long, hence the term "dangle berry". Gaylussacia species are used as food plants by the larvae of some Lepidoptera species.