10 responses to “Salix uva-ursi”

  1. Beverley

    Salix uva-ursi – Z1 – RHS Index of Garden Plants, Griffiths
    Salix, sa-liks; Lat. name for a willow, possibly from Celtic, sal, near, and lis, water. Plant Names Simplified, Johnson and Smith

  2. Ginny

    What wonderful photos of a great plant until now unknown to me – I love the flowers, leaves and habit. It is apparently native to northwestern Maine although rare; now it is on my rock garden wish-list. Thanks for featuring a northeastern plant.

  3. Lorinda

    Is this one different than Arctostaphylos uva ursi?

  4. Michael F

    A lot more info at the Salicaceae of the Canadian Arctic Archipelago page

  5. Daniel Mosquin

    Good question, Lorinda. The answer is they are different. The Arctostaphylos is a member of the Ericaceae, or heath family (with blueberries, rhododendrons and heathers). The epithet uva-ursi, like all epithets, can be used for many different species. A very common one is alba, meaning white. Uva-ursi is probably one of the most memorable, though (literally meaning “bear-fruit on the vine” or “bear-grape”).

  6. Daniel Mosquin

    Excellent link, Michael, thanks.

  7. Deb Lievens

    Last summer, I was privileged to spend two glorious sun-filled (a bonus) days monitoring rare plants on Mt Washington in NH. Salix uva-ursi was doing quite well there in the “granite state”.

  8. Lorinda

    Thank you for the great and simple answer, I should have recognized the genus. Does anyone know if it has been used medicinally, or contain salicylates?

  9. Daniel Mosquin

    Not this willow species, specifically – at least from what I know. It wouldn’t be difficult to imagine given its distribution, though.

  10. 7LeagueBoots

    I found one of these growing atop Mt. Mansfield in Vermont last month. Apparently it is one of 3 individual plants that have been recorded in all of Vermont, making it one of our most rare and imperiled species.

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