Arctostaphylos uva-ursi (Bearberry, Kinnikinik) - photos and description






General: Prostrate woody plant which forms large mats on the ground.

Flowers: Clusters of small, nodding, white, urn-shaped flowers with a pink rim. Flowers measured at 6 mm long, and 5 mm diameter.

Leaves: Leaves are alternate, obovate, entire, thick, have a waxy feel, dark green on top, lighter green on the bottom. We measured a leaf at 23 mm long (including petiole), and 9 mm wide.

Height: Not applicable, we measured stems to 50 cm long.

Habitat: Woods or scrub throughout much of Saskatchewan, often in sandy soil.

Abundance: Common.

Origin: Native.

When and where photographed: Photos taken May 20th, sandy prairie hillside, Douglas Provincial Park, about 175 km northwest of Regina, SK, and May 20th edge of mixed woods, Cypress Hills, 450 km southwest of our home in Regina, SK.