Bearberry (Kinnikinnick)

These pictures were taken out by the road where trailing mats of bearberry grow at the forest's edge in full sun. The flowers are very tiny, about 4-6 mm, and they bloom from May to June. Its botanical name is Arctostaphylos uva-ursi.

Arctostaphylos - from the Greek, arktos (bear) + staphule (bunch of grapes)

uva-ursi
- from the Latin, uva (grape) + ursus (bear)

Kinnikinnick is an Algonquian word meaning "mixture". The dried leaves were mixed with tobacco and used in religious ceremonies.