Arctostaphylos nevadensis A. Gray
Ericaceae (Heath Family)
Synonym(s): Arctostaphylos pungens ssp. nevadensis
USDA Symbol: ARNE
A low-growing ground cover with dark-green, evergreen foliage, red stems and pendulous, pale-pink, spring flowers. The shrub grows 10-18 in. high and spreads 3-5 ft. by means of freely rooting from the intricately branched stems.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Size Class: 1-3 ft.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Pink
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul
DistributionUSA: CA , NV , OR , WA
Native Distribution: Sierras & North Coast Ranges of CA to NV & WA
Native Habitat: Moist, open mt. woods; 2000-10,000 ft.
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Low
Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
CaCO3 Tolerance: Medium
Soil Description: Well-drained, slightly acid soils.
Conditions Comments: This species needs the winter climate and snow cover of its native, high altitude range.
BenefitUse Food: Indigenous Californians used the berries to make a cider-like drink.
Value to Beneficial InsectsSpecial Value to Native Bees
This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.
PropagationDescription: Increase by tip cuttings taken from November to March. Propagation by seed is can be difficult.
Seed Collection: The outer fleshy part of the furit may be removed by macering the fruits with water and separating the nutlets by flotation or air-screening.
Seed Treatment: Seeds of most Arctostaphylos species have hard seed coats and dormant embryos. Scarification (several hours in H2SO4) followed by stratification may improve germination.
Commercially Avail: yes
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Find seed sources for this species at the Native Seed Network.
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR
BibliographyBibref 841 - Native Alternatives to Invasive Plants (2006) Burrell, C. C.
Bibref 1218 - Tending the Wild: Native American Knowledge and the Management of California's Natural Resources (2006) Anderson, M. Kat
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MetadataRecord Modified: 2008-10-19
Research By: TWC Staff