This is one of two species of cranberry; the other, large cranberry is the one used in cooking. The easiest way to identify them is probably the leaves -- on small cranberry, the leaf edges are generally rolled under (see images below). The two plants also differ in the size of their fruit -- a quarter to half inch long on small cranberry, and a half to one inch on large cranberry.
- Family: heath (Ericaceae)
- Habitat: bogs, especially in cool areas
- Height: 1-4 inches
- Flower size: 3/8 inch long
- Flower color: pink
- Flowering time: May to July
- Origin: native
A stem of small cranberry, showing the undersides of the leaves. The leaf edges are rolled under.
A stem of large cranberry for comparison. Note that the leaf edges are not rolled under."