How to grow bearberry
Characteristics of Arctostaphylos uva-ursi Sprengel
Perennial bush of the heather family – Ericaceae -, till 2m long.
Woody, brownish stems, creeping with many sprouts prolonging along the ground; younger ones erect.
Ovate leaves, till 2 cm long, bright green above, darker below, coriaceous, wider at the apex.
Flowers till 6 mm, in hanging racemes at the end of short red stalks; white rosy.
The fruit is a drupe, red in maturity, about 8 mm wide.
It flowers from May to July, producing bell shaped flowers, white rose in little hanging inflorescences.
For hanging flowerbeds in humid gardens because of its leaves and red berries, as a ground cover and as a medicinal plant. (More information in the listing below)
Cultivate in the sun or semi-shade
Propagate from cuttings in winters. It spreads easily.
Fertile soil, well drained without lime.
Other species of ” Arctostaphylos“
Arctostaphylos alpina ——————— Alpine bearberry, Balck bearberry
Arctostaphylos densiflora ——————- Sonoma manzanita
Arctostaphylos manzanita ——————- Common manzanita
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25 October, 2021