Blueberry is found on acidity, drier sandy soils, in open woods, along roadsides, and in bogs. The thin leaves are oval shaped, alternate, and pointed. In May-June, the plant produces clusters of bell-like waxy flowers.
The Ojibwe traditionally used the fruits for eating either fresh or dried and mixed with other foods. Medical uses include an infusion of leaves as a blood purifier, and placing dried flowers on hot stones as an inhalant to treat "craziness".