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propagating perennials: Arctostaphylos uva-ursi-Bearberry or Kinnikinnick
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Thursday, August 27, 2009

Arctostaphylos uva-ursi-Bearberry or Kinnikinnick

Propagating Arctostaphylos or Bearberry which is considered a woody plant versus a true perennial should be done in the spring by pruning off the well rooted stems that spread out from the parent plant and transplant. Bearberry is evergreen, its leaves turn a bronze-red in winter and birds enjoy its red berries after flowering. Hummingbirds also enjoy the pinkish blooms nectar in the spring. It will take light foot traffic and is a great plant to use for soil erosion because it is drought resistant and will take full sun or light shade, not clay soils. It is also deer resistant and grows to a height of 4"-6".

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