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Bearberry

Bearberry

Arctostaphylos uva-ursi

Featured Plant Category: Focal point, Pollinator Plants

Height: Groundcover

Container Size: 1 Gallon

Bloom Time: April to May

Bloom Color: White-Pink

Soil Moisture: Medium to Dry

Soil Type: Acidic, well-drained, sandy or gritty soil.

Light Requirements: Full sun to part shade

Hardiness Zone: 2,3,4,5,6

Other Names: Arctostaphylos uva-ursi, kinnikinnick, bear grapes, mealberry, sandberry, mountain box, fox plum, hog crawberry, barren myrtle

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Description

Bearberry is a small evergreen groundcover, which can be used to turn barren sections of yard alive again. It does best in dry to medium sandy or gritty infertile soil, and requires no fertilizer. It likes open exposed areas and thrives in slightly cooler climates, preferring zones 2-6, and isn’t recommended for areas south of zone 7. In mid-spring it develops white/pink flowers, which give way to bright red berries in late summer/early fall. The berry-like fruits called drupes, are edible but tasteless to humans, however birds and small mammals love them! The foliage for this plant is thick and hardy, and is generally evergreen, lasting 1-3 years before falling off and being replaced.

Bearberry can be slow-growing but is long-lived in the right conditions, and over time will spread to be 3-6′ wide. It had a number of different uses by the Native Americans – making dyes, as a food source, medicinal teas and smokes; but remember to always do your own research. Bearberry is the host plant to the lovely Freija Fritillary butterfly (pictured above).


 

Additional information

Height

Groundcover

Container Size

1 Gallon

Bloom Time

April to May

Bloom Color

White-Pink

Soil Moisture

Medium to Dry

Soil Type

Acidic, well-drained, sandy or gritty soil.

Light Requirements

Full sun to part shade

Hardiness Zone

2,3,4,5,6

Other Names

Arctostaphylos uva-ursi, kinnikinnick, bear grapes, mealberry, sandberry, mountain box, fox plum, hog crawberry, barren myrtle

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