Arctostaphylos uva-ursi

Growing Information

Plant Type: Perennial
Sunlight: Sun, part shade
Soils: Average to dry moisture
Bloom Time: White to pinkish bell-shaped flowers in April, May
Size: 12 inches tall, spreading to 15 feet

Woody plant that is slow growing but can form large mats in the toughest of places. Technically speaking, it is a sub-shrub and is also called kinnikinick, sandberry, and hog cranberry.

Garden Companions

Inkberry (Ilex glabra), Eastern Woodfern (Dryopteris marginalis), Little Bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium)

Nature Benefits

• Birds and mammals eat the fruit.
• Host plant for several butterfly species including Hoary Elfin and Brown Elfin.

Native Habitat

Occurs in roadsides, bog roads, dune edges and woodland edges.

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