Kinnikinnick (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi): Bundle of 5 plugs


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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.