Blue Ridge Blueberry (Vaccinium pallidum) Flowers
Growing at the top of ridges in a dense mixed hardwood/coniferous forest in Northwest Georgia (Gordon County), US.
Highly branched, "wiry" plants growing in large groups at the top of a ridge. They have sparse leaves that are very small and ovate to obovate and alternately arranged. Flowers are white, bell-shaped, and growing in a clusters. Vaccinium pallidum is a colonial plant that sprouts from a rhizome to form clones. Its fruits are a choice food source for birds, bears, and many other animals.
''Vaccinium pallidum'' is a species of flowering plant in the heath family known by the common names hillside blueberry, Blue Ridge blueberry, late lowbush blueberry, and early lowbush blueberry. It is native to central Canada and the central and eastern United States plus the Ozarks of Missouri, Arkansas, southeastern Kansas and eastern Oklahoma.