|Arctostaphylos alpina in Varrio Nature Reserve, Finland.|
Arctostaphylos alpina, with the common names Alpine Bearberry, Mountain Bearberry, or Black Bearberry (basionym Arbutus alpina L.)
- at high latitudes, from Scotland east across Scandinavia, Russia, Alaska, Northern Canada and Greenland.
- at southern limits: Europe, in the Pyrenees and the Alps; Asia, to the Altay Mountains and Mongolia; and North America, to British Columbia in the west, and Maine and New Hampshire (U.S.) in the east.
Arctostaphylos alpina is a procumbent shrub usually less than 6 inches (15 cm) high. Leaves are clearly toothed and the edges are not downturned. They often turn red to scarlet in autumn, and can persist on stems for several years.
Flowers are narrow, urn shaped, and pink to white. The berries are dark purple to black.
- USDA PProfile for Arctostaphylos alpina (alpine bearberry)
- University of Michigan—Dearborn: Native American Ethnobotany for Arctostaphylos alpina — traditional medicinal and culinary uses.
- Isle of Skye Flora
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