Bearberry Arctostaphylos uva-ursi

Status Green - Least concern
Best Time to See May, June
Colour
Habitat Heathland

A trailing shrub, it has black berries and delicately-veined leaves that turn red in autumn.

The cup-like flowers are an important nectar source for bees, moths and other insects in late spring.

Distribution

Confined to Scotland north of the Great Glen, but is common on the bare hills of the Orkney island of Hoy, notably on the path to the famous Old Man of Hoy rock stack.

Habitat

Moors.

Best time to see

Flowers from May to June

Did you know?

County flower of Aberdeenshire and Orkney.

It grows in the distinctive and unusually flower-rich of moorland that is widespread in Aberdeenshire at wonderful places like Muir of Dinnet.

The shiny berries are edible but slightly sharp.