The common name kinnikinnick means "smoking mixture" in Algonquian — see below for button Uses by native peoples (Ethnobotany database).

In the scientific botanical name:

Despite its English common name, botanically, its fruit is not a berry, but a "drupe".

Part of heath / heather  family Ericaceae.

Native circumpolar throughout the 🌐︎ Northern Hemisphere:  North America, Europe and Asia.  Mostly in higher latitudes (arctic and subarctic) or altitudes, but also equator-ward to the Indiana Dunes, Central California, New Mexico, and some mountains in 🇬🇹 Guatemala!

Uses by native peoples
(Ethnobotany database)

Arctostaphylos hosts caterpillars of 17 species
of butterflies and moths, in some areas.

Learn more about kinnikinnick or  🐻︎🍇︎ bearberry Arctostaphylos uva-ursi

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