Sunday, February 12, 2012

Green in Winter: Bearberry - Plant Quiz

Good call Kim! It is Arctostaphylos uva-ursi, Bearberry. In Indiana, this plant is frequent near Lake Michigan in the dune country. Photographed in Porter County, Indiana on February 11, 2012.
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Can you identify this plant? It is green (and sometimes reddish) in winter. Good luck!

5 comments:

Mike Whittemore said...

Vaccinium macrocarpon? Looks very similar in color and morphology to cranberry I see around this time of year back home in MA.

Keith said...

Thanks Mike. That is an excellent try, but it is not Cranberry, Vaccinium macrocarpon. These leaves are larger - maybe 2 to 3 cm in length. But that's a guess - I didn't measure them.

Anonymous said...

Arctostaphylos uva-ursi?

Kim

Pete said...

Looks like kinnikinnick to me.

Keith said...

Good call, Pete. Yes, it is also known as kinnikinnick, which almost certainly means our native peoples smoked it.