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Bearberry grows groups of cherry red berries. The plant gets its name because bears absolutely love them.
It will spread rapidly once established to create mats that fill a lot of space.
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Description for Bearberry
Plant height: 3 - 6 inches
Bearberry is a low-growing ground cover that usually tops out between 6 and 12 inches. The flexible stems sport teardrop-shaped, leathery leaves in dark green. Youâ€™ll find a small amount of white or pale pink waxy flowers between March and June.
Common name(s): kinnikinnick, pinemat manzanita
Flower colours: white, pink, or pink-tipped in colour
Bloom time: April to May
Max reachable height: Bearberry is a creeping shrub that can reach 2 to 8 inches in height and few meters in length.
Difficulty to grow: easy to grow
Planting and care
If you have a large plot of poor soil and need to landscape it, then bearberry ground cover is your plant. It thrives on soil poor in nutrients and sandy soil that has a hard time supporting other ground covers.
Sunlight: Full Sun to part shade
Soil: well-drained soil
Water: Dry to medium
Temperature: 70 to 100 degrees
Fertilizer: Apply any organic fertilizer
Caring for Bearberry
- Bearberry need about an inch of water each week, with an increase to 1 1/2 inches a week during hot, dry weather. An inch of rain equals 2 gallons per plant, which you may also supply by watering for half an hour with a sprinkler.
- Plant it in full sun or partial shade, in spots where it will have space to spread. While bearberry is slow to grow in the first year, it will spread rapidly once established to create mats that fill a lot of space.
Typical uses of Bearberry
Special features: Moderate to large scale ground cover with year round interest. Helps control soil erosion on slopes and hillsides.
Culinary use: The leaves are picked any time during the summer and dried for use in teas.
The fruit, also called bearberries, are edible and are sometimes gathered as food for humans.
Ornamental use: It will spread rapidly once established to create mats that fill a lot of space.
Medicinal use: The leaves are picked any time during the summer and dried for use in medicinal tea bags and tablets for traditional medicine uses.
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