Friday, June 15, 2012

Beautiful bearberry blossoms


 When I was out traveling earlier this week I found some large mats of kinnikinnik or common bearberry that were in bloom.  Kinnikinnik  (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi) is a low trailing evergreen shrub found on sandy and rocky hillsides throughout Interior Alaska. Its stems are often several feet long and one plant can cover several square yards.

 It has tiny  white or pink flowers that develop into dull red berries. The berries are mealy and not very appetizing, but bears love them (hence the name). They can be mixed with other wild berries as an extender.

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