Southern Mountain Cranberry (Vaccinium erythrocarpum) is a member of the Heath family … a blueberry bush with red berries! Another common name is Bearberry. It’s a low bush, about 3-4 feet tall. The wildflowers photos here were taken along the Appalachian Trail just west of Clingmans Dome, on a dry, rocky ridge-top. Bloom time for this bush is June.
If you’re in the Smoky Mtns for a vacation, please come on out to the historic Arts and Crafts Trail on Glades Rd in Gatlinburg TN. The William Britten Gallery has my complete display of Smoky Mtns photos. There may be a Smokies memory waiting for you to take home!