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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
description:
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.

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

usage:
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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