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bearberry,

any plant of the northern and alpine genus Arctostaphylos of the family Ericaceae (heathheath,
in botany, common name for some members of the Ericaceae, a family of chiefly evergreen shrubs with berry or capsule fruits. Plants of the heath family form the characteristic vegetation of many regions with acid soils, particularly the moors, swamps, and mountain slopes
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 family), especially A. uvaursi, a trailing evergreen sometimes cultivated as a ground cover. The small, leathery leaves yield a medicinal astringent and a dye. They were used for tobacco by the Native Americans, who also utilized the mealy red berries for food and beverages. This Northern Hemisphere genus is most abundant in arid areas, where many of the shrubby species (called manzanita in the West) are common chaparral plants. Other plants are also sometimes called bearberry. Bearberry is classified in the division MagnoliophytaMagnoliophyta
, division of the plant kingdom consisting of those organisms commonly called the flowering plants, or angiosperms. The angiosperms have leaves, stems, and roots, and vascular, or conducting, tissue (xylem and phloem).
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, class Magnoliopsida, order Ericales, family Ericaceae.
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uva ursi

uva ursi

Low growing ground cover shrub (only a few inches tall) with fine hairy bark, white or pink flowers, red berry and shiny plastic-like leaves. Dried leaves used as tea for urinary tract problems, gonorrhea, kidney stones and bronchitis. Astringent. Helpful for diarrhea and dysentery. Uva Ursi leaf contains powerful phytochemicals such as volatile oils, arbutin, quercitin, mallic and gallic acids. Arbutin is highly antibacterial and destroys bacteria and fungus that infect the urinary system such as E. Coli, Candida, Staph. Mallic and Gallic acids- the same as found in apples and ACV have long been used for kidney and bladder infections. Also used to lower excessive sugar in blood. Helps to take with a half teaspoon of baking soda in Uva Ursi tea. (Do not take baking soda if you have a weak stomach.) High level of tannins can produce stomach-ache, nausea and vomiting. Not recommended for children or people with kidney disease. Don’t take for more than a week or liver damage could result. Don’t take while pregnant.
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Crops are planted for seasonal variety, from cool-weather lettuce and field peas to summer tomatoes, squash, and herbs, and less familiar cover crops--such as bearberry and sweet-spire--which are grown alongside food crops to help maintain soil fertility, retain moisture, and control weeds and pests.
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scrubs, grading towards mainly juniper (Juniperus communis) and bearberry (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi) scrubs when moving inland.
It also targets age spots, redness and soreness, flaky nails and cuticles and overall dryness and has added bearberry for its blanching quality.
There is however another plant that might help called Uva-ursi or bearberry.
Other plants that may be treated this way are red twig dogwood, bearberry cotoneaster, English ivy, coleus, Swedish ivy, philodendron, and other multistemmed shrubs, groundcovers, and climbing plants.
Urinary tract infections: Take a tea of cornsilk and/or bearberry leaves and eat cranberries.
There are many alternative ground covers that can replace tud (where foot traffic is minimal) such as low-growing juniper, ivy and bearberry.
Contoneaster dammeri "Coral Beauty" Bearberry cotoneaster: A spreading shrub with glossy evergreen foliage and soft pink flowers followed in the spring by coral berries.