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Bearberry

Berries, including the bearberry, are used to create stamina cocktails that will restore a portion of Deacon’s Stamina and give him a buff that slowly regenerates Stamina over time.

Like all berries in the game, the bearberry can also be turned in at any encampment kitchen for 4 trust and 5 camp credits.

Botanical drawing of bearberry by Mary Vaux Walcott (1860-1940)

Bearberry, (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi), is a low growing shrub that is very tollerant of the cold and prefers excessively drained coarse soils of sand dunes, or barren areas, but can also do well in the partial shade of forested areas.

Single roots produce densely growing stands of bearberries that rarely grow higher than 6 inches. Arranged alternately on the stem, the inch long leaves of this broadleaf evergreen are dark green and leathery with rounded tips that taper back to a twisted leaf stalk. The leaves change color in the fall, going from dark green to reddish-green and finally to purple.

In bloom with white to pink-toned urn-shaped flowers from May to June, the bearberry develops a smooth glossy-skinned bright red to pink fruit that persists to early winter. The berries, called drupes, range in size from 1/4 to 1/2 inch in diameter and contains 1 to 5 hard seeds.

The fruit produced by the bearberry is eaten by a few species of songbirds such as thrushes, wrens, grouse, robins and waxwings. Deer, bears, and small mammals will forrage on the leaves and berries.

HEATH FAMILY
Bearberry, Kinnikinnic Arctostaphylus uva-ursi
Plate 16, fig. 10

The Bearberry is a trailing plant with evergreen leaves that forms dense mats in pine forests and on gravel-slides and denuded hills at 3000-10000 ft. The drooping clusters of tiny waxen blossoms with pink edges are hidden beneath the leaves in early summer. They later develop into crimson berries which contrast with the evergreen foliage and hence serve as decorations, resembling the well-known holly of the Christmas season.

Flowers of Mountain and Plain
Edith S. Clements, Ph. D.
1926
Plate 16 Figure 10 – Detail

Also known as kinnikinnick, an Algonquin word meaning smoking mixture, the dried leaves were reportedly used by some Native Americans and early pioneers for pipes; sometimes mixed with other dried leaves such as tobacco.*

The leaves, stems, and roots of the plant are also said to have been used for medicinal teas because of their antiseptic, astringent, and diuretic properties.*


* NOTICE: Refernces to any use of this plant for medicinal, edible, or other purposes is presented only for the purpose of better understanding how the plant is used in the game. No information is to be taken as suggested uses for this, or any other, plant.

Resources for bearberry information include:
The USDA Fact Sheet for Bearberries
The Canadian Wildlife Federation
The Missouri Botanical Garden
Flowers of Mountain and Plain by Edith S. Clements

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