Uva Ursi (Arctostaphylos uva ursi)
Of all the vibrant constellations in the herbal sky, uva ursi has some of the most memorable names. Kinnikinnik. Pinemat manzanita. Bearberry is probably the moniker easiest to remember, and uva ursi indeed embodies the power and prowess of a mother bear fiercely coming to aid her cubs. As above, so below; uva ursi bridges the gap between the galaxies of the night sky and the terra firma within which she roots and fruits.
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