Pine-Mat Manzanita (Arctostaphylos nevadensis)

Shrub
A. parviflora. Uva-ursi nevadensis.
Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Pine-Mat Manzanita
Arctostaphylos nevadensis
Ericaceae

A yellowish-brown dye is obtained from the leaves, it does not require a mordant[168].

A good ground-cover plant for steep sandy banks[28, 200]. A carpeting plant, growing quite rapidly and rooting as it spreads[208].

  • Medicinal Use

    The leaves are used in the treatment of diarrhoea[257].

    The whole plant is used as an antidote for poisoning by poison oak, Toxicodendron diversiloba[257]. It was probably applied externally to the skin[K].

  • Edible Use

    Seed – ground into a powder and added to soups etc[92]. The seed is very small and would be difficult to separate from the fruit. It would be easier to dry the whole fruit, grind this into a powder and use it in soups etc[K].

    Fruit[92, 105, 161]. The fruit can be eaten fresh or dried and stored for later use[257]. It can also be pulverised and made into a drink[257].

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – best sown in a greenhouse as soon as it is ripe. Pre-soak dried seed in boiling water for 10 – 20 seconds or burn some straw on top of them and then stratify at 2 – 5¡c for 2 months[11, 200]. The seed usually germinates in 2 – 3 months at 15¡c[134]. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in a cold frame or greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant out in late spring or early summer. Cuttings of side shoots of the current season’s growth, 5 – 8cm with a heel, August to December in a frame. Takes one year[1, 78]. Division in early spring. Take care because the plant resents root disturbance. Pot the divisions up and keep them in a lightly shaded position in a cold frame or greenhouse until they are growing away actively. Layering in spring[200].
Requires a deep moist well-drained light or medium lime-free loam in sun or semi-shade but plants produce less fruit when grown in the shade[200]. Prefers a position in full sun[11]. Grows well in shade[28]. Plants at Kew were growing very well in a shady position on a NE slope in 1990[K]. Grows well in a sandy seashore garden[208]. This species is closely related to A. uva-ursi[11, 60]. Plants resent root disturbance and should be placed in their final positions as soon as possible[134].
South-western N. America – California.

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