Kinnikinnick (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi): Bundle of 10


Sold as set of 10 plugs.

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Sold as set of 10 plugs.

At a Glance: Matt forming trailing evergreen ground-cover or shrub

Height: Usually not more than 20cm tall
Stems: brownish-red flexible rooting branches
Leaves: 3cm long alternate dark-green oval to spoon shaped leaves
Flowers: small pinkish-white upside down urn shaped flowers
Fruits: Bright red berries that resemble miniature apples; edible but are mealy and fairly tasteless; stay on the plant into winter. Very attractive to wildlife.

Conservation Uses: Used for erosion control in areas with full sun

Ethnobotany: Historically used by Native tribes as a tobacco substitute or filler

Helpful Tips: Plant in wet area. Click HERE to determine your recommended planting density.

Fun Fact: “Kinnikinnik” is the longest palindrome (a word spelled the same forwards or backwards) in the English language.

Sun/Shade Tolerance Hydrology Elevation Range
 full sun > 80%
 mostly sunny 60%-80%
 partial sun and shade 40%- 60%
 mostly shady 60%-80%
 full shade > 80%


 low elevation
 mid elevation
 high elevation


Soil Preferences
 sandy soils
 gravelly soils
 clay soils
 muddy soils
 peaty soils
 well drained soils
 shallow soils
 deep soils
 acidic soils
 basic soils
 humic soils
 nutrient rich soils
 nutrient poor soils
 mineral soils
 organic soils
Wildlife Value
 Nectar for hummingbirds
 Nectar for butterflies
 Host for insect larvae
 Thickets and shelter
 Thorny or protective cover
Berries attract birds and mammals


Pojar, Jim, and Andy MacKinnon. Plants of the Pacific Northwest Coast: Washington, Oregon, British Columbia & Alaska. Revised ed. Redmond, Wash.: B.C. Ministry of Forests and Lone Pine Pub., 2004. Print.

“Sound Native Plants.” Sound Native Plants. Web. 31 Oct. 2014.