Wintergreen 2010

Native Wintergreen Groundcover

Gaultheria procumbens

Wintergreen is a native evergreen ground cover. White, lily of the valley type flowers in spring followed by red berries up to one half an inch in the fall. Prefers forest like soil of high organic matter, and does well in shade and semi shade. Leaves make tea and the fruit can be eaten fresh. Popular commercial products such as tooth paste, chewing gum, candy, massage oil, and breath mints are scented or flavored with wintergreen. Wintergreen spreads from under the surface of the soil with spear-like roots that cling to particles of decomposing forest litter such as leaves, sticks, and bark, before they surface and leaf, spreading away from the mother plant. Also called Teaberry, wintergreen is a popular herbal tea. Spacing 6" apart. Zone 3-8.

Plant Characteristics
Pest ResistanceExcellent
Disease ResistanceExcellent
Drought ToleranceFair
Heat ToleranceFair
Humidity ToleranceGood
Sun TolerancePoor
Wet Soil ToleranceFair
Shade ToleranceGood
No SprayExcellent
Salt ToleranceFair
Fresh for KidsGood
Deer ResistancePoor
Soil TypeHigh Organic Matter
Edible TypeBerry
Self FertileYes
This information is accurate to the best of our knowledge, comments/opinions are always welcome
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