Wildflowers bloom in the Sierra Nevada
Wildflowers bloom in the Sierra Nevada

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Arctostaphylos uva-ursi
Ericaceae family

      A cousin of the Manzanita, this wide spreading woody ground cover shares some of its physical traits and geographical ranges. They both have a red-purple color to the bark and a leathery texture to their leaves. Kinnikinnick also bears pink-white flowers and a hard,tart fruit.

     Due to the nature of the fruit, it often remains edible through the winter. In addition, this plant is generally known as an astringent
and diuretic medicine. It is also used for an array of ailments involving inflammations of the urinary and digestive tracts.


Black Willow


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