This calcifuge shrub is found on peaty heaths and moorland, in the understorey of Quercus, Betula and Pinus woods on acidic substrates, and on drier hummocks in blanket bogs. It ascends from 30 m by Lough Neagh (Co. Antrim) to 1095 m on Ben Lawers (Mid Perth).
The distribution of V. vitis-idaea has not significantly changed since the 1962 Atlas.
Circumpolar Boreo-arctic Montane element.
PLANTATT - Attributes of British and Irish plants. (.zip 1455KB) This dataset was compiled and published in 2004, and last updated in November 2008. Download includes an Excel spreadsheet of the attributes, and a PDF explaining the background and nomenclature. Note that the PDF version is the booklet as published, whereas the Excel spreadsheet incorporates subsequent corrections. A hardcopy can be purchased from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.
Atlas text references
1988. Comparative Plant Ecology.
1986. Atlas of north European vascular plants north of the Tropic of Cancer. 3 vols.
1978. Vergleichende Chorologie der zentraleuropäischen Flora. Volume 2. 2 vols.
1955. Biological Flora of the British Isles. No. 51. Vaccinium vitis-idaea L. Journal of Ecology. 43:701-708.