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

In the scientific 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, mostly in higher latitudes or altitudes.

Uses by native peoples
(Ethnobotany database)

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

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

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