Hi everyone! Today’s wildflower is the “Bearberry”. This is a widespread native wildflower known by many different names depending on different parts of the country. Some names are Kinnikinnik, barren myrtle, mountain box, and bear’s whortle berry. Even the nice red berries it produces come with different names as well. It is a low woody shrub, only 4 to 8 inches (10 to 20cm) tall, but can spread out to produce a mat of plants 3 feet (90cm) across. It likes sunny to partial shady areas and rocky or sandy soils. Around here it is usually found on the rocky granite hills in areas with pine trees. The flowers are pink to white in color and hang like little bells with the bottom barely open. They produce a nice hard red berry, quite dry. The leaves stay on the plant year round, are a light green in spring, dark green in summer and a burgundy red in fall and winter. They bloom in May and June and are found across Canada and most of the US except from Kansas to Texas and across to the east coast. I hope you all have a great day and God bless!
Steve and Muffin.
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