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Plant of the Week 02/14/2020

February 14, 2020

 

Kinnikinnick
Arctostaphylos uva-ursi
Zone 2-8

 

This low growing evergreen is great for erosion control, as well as a carpet of ground cover. Thick, waxy leaves stay on year around and are accompanied by pink flowers in the spring. Once the flowers are spent, bright red berries begin to appear which is a great food source for birds.

 

Plant in partial to full sun. Water regularly especially during extreme heat. Can spread up to 4 feet wide and 6 inches tall. Prefers well drained soils but adaptable to most soils. Space apart 3 feet for a carpet ground cover that will fill in after several years or for quicker results plant 1 foot apart.

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