Bilberry

Latin Name:

Vaccinium myrtillus

Manx Name:

freoaghane

Season:

April - July

Locations where this species is found:
Eary Cushlin, South Barrule, Ballaglass Glen, Glen Auldyn, Archallagan, Glen Rushen, Montpelier, Slieau Whallian, Clypse and Kerrowdhoo, Glen Helen, Dhoon Glen, Conrhenny Plantation

A common plant of the Manx hills, its flowers closely resemble the berries that will appear in the later summer months. Bilberry plants prefer drier and more acidic soil and are particularly common around South Barrule.

The Manx word for bilberry is "freoaghane", although they are more often known locally as "blaeberry" (blueberry").
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