Soil: Xeric (Dry) – Mesic (Medium). Acidic soil.
Sun: Full Sun – Part Sun
Height: 6″ to 1′
Bloom Color: White – Pink
Bloom Season: April – June
Suggested Uses: Michigan Bearberry is a low-growing sub-shrub that forms an excellent ground cover on dry sandy and rocky soils. It spreads gradually by surface rhizomes to form a mat and is found naturally near sandy beaches and open woodlands. Requires acidic soil. Not tolerant of clay.
Native Range: Native to northern-most regions of the U.S. and select areas throughout the West. Native throughout northern Minnesota.
Pollinators: Attracts hummingbirds, butterflies and bees. Host plant for several species of butterflies and moths.
Flowers: Small, bell-shaped light pink or white flowers form in drooping umbels that give way to bright red berries.
Leaves: Leaves are small, evergreen and leathery, attached alternately.
Other Names: Kinnikinnick
More information: USDA plant profile