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botanical name:
Arctostaphylos uva-ursi
Arctostaphylos uva-ursi © Deeproot Plant Base
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common name:  Red bearberry, Kinnikinick
family:  Ericaceae
characteristics: shrub, evergreen, ground-cover
height: 0.30m
width: 0.90m
growth rate: slow
growth habit: semi-prostrate
leaf colour: dark green
flower colour: pink
fruit colour: red
stem/bark: brown
main season: All Year
poison symbol poisonous or irritant
medicinal symbol medicinal
aspect: full sun, part shade, shade
conditions: moist soil, sandy soil, coastal
preferred soil pH: acid
minimum temp: -45°C
USDA zone: 2 to 8
Wide spreading dense foliage making good ground cover. White or pink flowers followed by red berries. Very hardy native of cold climate areas of Europe, Asia and America.

Best in well drained, sandy, acid soils but will tolerate some lime. Salt tolerant and grows well near the sea. Very hardy.

The leaves are sometimes used as a medicinal herb for treating urinary tract infections, though care is needed as it can be toxic. Traditionally used by the Native Americans.

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