to the lower margins of the Sierra chaparral community. (see also A.
glauca, A. viscida and A. manzanita.) The red trunks and gray foliage
are dramatic. This manzanita, like most manzanitas, tolerates summer
water the first year only, then one summer watering will usually
kill it. In coastal areas it will do fine as long as you do not
water past the 3rd year during the summer-fall period. In the area of
the foothills of the central Sierra Nevada this is one of the common
chaparral components. The gray foliage and red bark make a showy
planting amongst boulders with a mulch layer. It is excellent combined
with oaks or pines. Associated plants range from Pinus
Mariposa manzanita is an amazing insect plant. When it is in flower all
sorts of weird bees, flies and butterflies show up and party. No they
do not seek you out to bite you. They are only interested in the large
pink flowers and only see you as a large threat, like we would see a
bull or bear. Which is how we seem to act.
Arctostaphylos viscida is very similar to A. mariposa. Ironically, A.
mariposa is the more hairy and glandular. A. viscida is generally the
less drought tolerant than A. mariposa and generally occurs at
3000-5000 ft. Arctostaphylos mariposa is now considered a subspecies of
Arctostaphylos viscida and its correct name is Arctostaphylos viscida
Arctostaphylos mariposa tolerates deer.
Arctostaphylos mariposa is great for a bird garden.
Foliage of Arctostaphylos mariposa has color gray and is evergreen.
Flower of Arctostaphylos mariposa has color white.
Fruit of Arctostaphylos mariposa is edible.
Communities for Arctostaphylos mariposa:Chaparral, Yellow Pine Forest and Central Oak Woodland.