Medicinal Herb: Bearberry

Good Witches Homestead

Arctostaphylos uva ursi or Arbutus uva ursi

Also, Known As:

  • Arberry
  • Bearberry
  • Bear’s-grape
  • Crowberry
  • Foxberry
  • Hog Cranberry
  • Kinnikinnick
  • Mealberry
  • Mountain Box
  • Mountain Cranberry
  • Red Bearberry
  • Sagackhomi
  • Sandberry
  • Upland Cranberry
  • Uva Ursi

The uva ursi herb, which is more commonly known as the bearberry is a small and evergreen shrub belonging to the plant order: Ericaceae. Bearberry is found growing mostly in sandy and gravel-rich as well as dry soils, large populations can be found in many parts of continental Europe and in some areas along the northern regions of the continental U.S. – the plant grows well in dry soils and grows at an optimal rate in soils composed mostly of sand and gravel. Morphologically, the shrub can be distinguished by the presence of a long and solitary fibrous main root that radiates out several buried and prostrate stems in different directions, out of these prostate roots, raise the main aerial…

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