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Arctostaphylos nevadensis Gray
USDA Symbol: ARNE
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
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.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Shrub Leaf:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Pink
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul
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. USDA Native Status: L48(N)
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.
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
From the National Organizations Directory
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Native Seed Network
- Corvallis, OR
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Record Modified: 2008-10-19
Research By: TWC Staff