The black huckleberry is a deciduous shrub that grows to one and half metres tall and has finely toothed leaves that turn purple in the fall. They have small yellow or pinkish flowers in spring that ripen into large purple-black berries. The berries taste great and are eaten by many birds and mammals.
RANGE & HABITAT
Black huckleberries are common throughout B.C., especially in the Central Interior. They like to live in woodland areas with some shade, and often grow in large patches. This plant is found in the Central Interior and Southern Interior Mountains ecoprovinces.
They produce the most delicious berries of the huckleberry family in midsummer. New plants grow from spreading underground stems.
Birds, bears and small mammals eat the berries.
TRADITIONAL FIRST NATIONS USES
The berries can be eaten fresh, dried or stored in grease.
The berries can be eaten fresh and frozen and are also available canned.
COSEWIC: Not at Risk
Photo: Steven G Johnson