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kinnikinnik; bearberry

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Kinnikinnik spilling over rock BBG
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Arctostaphylos uva-ursi blooms kinnickinnik fruit

Arctostaphylos uva-ursi

Evergreen Groundcover

Height: 1 ft.

Availability: High

Growing ease: Medium

Moisture req.: dry

Exposure req.: sun - part shade


Plant description:

This is one evergreen ground cover that does best in the sand and/or on a hill slope. It does not do well in heavy, compacted soils where it tends to languish. On sandy hillsides it can be surprisingly lush and help protect from erosion. Bright red berries give some color late in the season and are eaten by wildlife. Drought tolerant.

Keywords: birds, broad leaf (evergreen), butterflies, creeping or trailing, fire-resistant , fruit, red, spreading, white

Articles that mention this plant: Deer resistant plants, Native plants for fall color

Plans that use this plant:Dry, sunny, Steep slope with dry sunny conditions