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Arctostaphylos uva-ursi

(Common name:- Bearberry)


Arctostaphylos uva-ursi


Uva-ursi or bearberry is an herb that has been used from various centuries to treat numerous body ailments.

Bearberry is naturalized in northern North America, Asia and Europe.

It has many species but the most common specie of bearberry to be found different regions of world are alpine bearberry, red bearberry and common bearberry (uva-ursi).

Plant Description

The trailing branches of this tree are woody and veiled with brown bark which is about 1 to 2 feet tall.

The leaves are green, oval and leathery when touched and tapered towards base.

The flowers are pinkish-white, dense and blooms in drooping clusters and waxy textured.

The red coloured berries are edible and often harvested in autumn.


This evergreen shrub flourishes in North America including regions of Europe, Iberian Peninsula, Siberia and the Himalayas.

The leaves and fruit is usually cultivated in autumn and the flowers bloom in may and June.

Parts Used

Leaves and fruit.


Bearberry contains crystallized glucoside called arbutin, methyl-arbutin, ericolin, ursone, Gallic acid, ellagic acid, tannin, and leaves contain about 3% of ash. .