Bearberry (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi) Plants
Part or Full Sun
Acid soil pH 4-6
Drought tolerant, does not like wet or boggy areas. Sandy, well drained best.
Shipped as small rooted potted plant
Plants are not available in AE AK CA GU HI PR
aka: Foxberry, Kinnikinic, Red bearberry, Bear's-grape, Bear's bilberry, Bear's whortleberry, Upland cranberry, Mountain cranberry, Crowberry, Mealberry, Rockberry, Mountain box, killikinnic, Universe vine, Burren myrtle, Creashak, Sagachomi, Rapper dandies (fruit)
The low growing shrub Bearberry (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi) is often used as a native groundcover on dry, sandy and rocky soils, in full sun to light shade. Grows naturally on sandy beaches and dry, open woodlands in sandy soil. The plants spread gradually by surface rhizomes to form a mat. Prepare berries as you would cranberries or lingonberries. Requires an acid soil with a pH between 4.0 and 6.0. Will not grow on clay.
Bearberry is a host plant for several butterfly species including Hoary Elfin, Brown Elfin and Freija Fritillary.
Root semi-ripe cuttings in summer. Remove and pot up rooted runners.