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Scientific Name:

Arctostaphylos uva-ursi


Kinnikinnick, also known as Bearberry, is a low-growing evergreen shrub with small leathery leaves and pink flowers.


Dry, sandy or rocky soils


Kinnikinnick provides food and cover for a variety of wildlife species, including birds and small mammals. The plant's berries are consumed by some bird species.

Growing Conditions:

Kinnikinnick is adapted to dry, acidic soils and can tolerate full sun to part shade.


Kinnikinnick has traditional uses among Native American tribes, including as a smoking mixture and herbal remedy.

(please exercise caution and consult additional sources or experts before consuming any vegetation):

Berries (bearberries) can be eaten raw or used in cooking

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Fun Facts:

Kinnikinnick is named after the Algonquin word for "smoking mixture."

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Krzysztof Ziarnek, Kenraiz

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