Etymology: Gaylussacia: for Gay-Lussac, a chemist
Plants: erect, perennial, 1'-3' tall, colony-forming shrub with many branches
Leaves: alternate, deciduous, with minute, yellow glands on both side
Flowers: pink, 5-parted, 3/8" long, urn-shaped, stalked; inflorescence a cluster (raceme) usually shorter than the leaves; blooms May-June
Fruits: black/blue, fleshy berry with 10 seeds
Habitat: dry; woods, forests, thickets; in rocky, sandy soil
Conservation Status: Native
Flora of North America: Flora of North America Floristic Rating: Coefficient of Conservatism = 6, Wetland Indicator = FACU USDA Plants Database: Federal Distribution and detailed information including photos University of Wisconsin - Green Bay: Shrubs: Photos, descriptions, information USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS): Images of seeds, fruits, embryos, etc. Southwest School of Botanical Medicine: Britton & Brown Illustrated Flora - 2nd Edition (1913) "An Illustrated Flora of the Northern United States and Canada"