Arctostaphylos uva-ursi

Tracheophyta MagnoliopsidaEricaceaeArctostaphylosArctostaphylos uva-ursi


This procumbent low shrub is found on upland heaths and moorlands, often over well-drained gravelly or rocky ground, and on ravine sides. It sometimes grows in heathy grasslands on limestone, as in the Burren. From sea level in W. Ireland and Ardtoe (Westerness) to c. 710 m (Rannoch Moor, Mid Perth) and reportedly at 915 m in Inverness-shire.



World Distribution

Circumpolar Boreal-montane element.

Broad Habitats

Light (Ellenberg): 7

Moisture (Ellenberg): 5

Reaction (Ellenberg): 2

Nitrogen (Ellenberg): 2


Salt Tolerance (Ellenberg): 0

January Mean Temperature (Celsius): 2.1

July Mean Temperature (Celsius): 12.3

Annual Precipitation (mm): 1615

Life form information

Height (cm): 20

Perennation - primary


Life Form - primary




Clonality - primary

Extensively creeping and rooting at nodes

Distribution information

Count of 10km squares in Great Britain: 473

Count of 10km squares in Ireland: 37

Count of 10km squares in the Channel Isles: 0

Atlas Change Index: -0.75

Weighted Changed Factor: 0

Weighted Change Factor Confidence (90%)


Distribution information

JNCC Designations


PLANTATT - Attributes of British and Irish plants. (.zip 1455KB) This dataset was compiled and published in 2004, and last updated in November 2008. Download includes an Excel spreadsheet of the attributes, and a PDF explaining the background and nomenclature. Note that the PDF version is the booklet as published, whereas the Excel spreadsheet incorporates subsequent corrections. A hardcopy can be purchased from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.

Atlas text references

Atlas (193d)
Hultén E, Fries M
1986.  Atlas of north European vascular plants north of the Tropic of Cancer. 3 vols.
Meusel H, Jäger E, Rauschert S, Weinert E
1978.  Vergleichende Chorologie der zentraleuropäischen Flora. Volume 2. 2 vols.