Crushed foliage is scent-sational!


Creeping Wintergreen

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Item # 32898
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Gaultheria procumbens

Flowers, fruits, and foliage create an ever-changing display that commands attention throughout the year.
You won't want to take your eyes off of this constantly changing Wintergreen. This small creeping evergreen offers year-round appeal. The fragrant, shiny dark green leaves turn a rich burgundy in fall, and petite, bell-shaped blossoms of white blushed with pale pink are borne in spring.

But the most amazing feature of Gaultheria procumbens is the bright scarlet fruits. These 1 1/2-inch fruits arise in midsummer and continue into the following spring, creating the most unusual sight of both flowers and fruit together! And the foliage is wonderfully aromatic when crushed -- still used in wintergreen tea, it was once also made into an oil.

After spending its first year establishing itself in the garden, this 6-inch plant spreads to make a most attractive groundcover or naturalized woody plant. Native to the eastern U.S., it likes an acidic, moist, organic soil and light shade in the North, medium to heavy shade further south. The more sun it gets, the darker are its leaves. Zones 3-cooler portions of 8.

Genus Gaultheria
Species procumbens
Zone 3 - 8
Bloom Season Late Spring - Late Summer
Habit Prostrate
Plant Height 6 in
Plant Width 3 ft
Additional Characteristics Berries, Bird Lovers, Easy Care Plants, Flower, Fragrance
Bloom Color Pink, White
Bloom Season Spring
Foliage Color Burgundy, Dark Green
Light Requirements Part Shade, Shade
Moisture Requirements Moist,  well-drained, Wet
Soil Tolerance Normal,  loamy
Uses Border, Foliage Interest, Ground Cover, Ornamental, Outdoor
Restrictions Canada, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Guam, Virgin Islands
Gaultheria
Creeping Wintergreen / Checkerberry

Planting:

Set 1 to 2 feet apart, in partial shade, in moist, acid soil. We recommend a sandy, welldrained soil enriched with generous amounts of compost, leaf-mold or peat moss.


Maintenance:

Water regularly and deeply – Gaultheria needs moisture above all else, especially during periods of drought. A year-round organic mulch of compost or leaf mold is recommended to preserve moisture and help provide a cool root-run. Once established, plants resent transplanting.


Zones:

Zones 3 (cooler portions)-7

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