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Perennials: Gaultheria procumbens

Botanical name: Gaultheria procumbens

Common name: Wintergreen

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Perennials: Gaultheria procumbens
Perennials: Gaultheria procumbens
Perennials: Gaultheria procumbens
Perennials: Gaultheria procumbens
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Renton, Wa

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Soil: damp, acidic, loam
Zones: 3a thru 8b

winter interest, fall interest, edible

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Gaultheria procumbens or Wintergreen is a small low growing evergreen shrub/groundcover. Wintergreen produces great coppery new growth in the spring. Like all members of the ericaceae family, it has beautiful white bell-shaped flowers that hang down like they are ready to ring. The flowers start around May and can continue through September. The flowers on Wintergreen are followed by glossy plump scarvet red berries that announce their arrival in fall and can stay until early spring. Making Wintergreen a great addition to any garden. It is slow growing and will not take over the garden. Wintergreen is an understory plant so it perfers part-shade, although it can tolerate full sun here in the Pacific Northwest. This native is suitable for woodland plantings, rock gardens, or heath and heather gardens.


Gaultheria procumbens in native to northeastern North America. The fruits are edible, with a minty flavor, and the leaves and branches make a fine herbal tea, through normal drying and infusion process. Wintergreen or Teaberry, as it is also called, has been used as an ice cream flavor in regions where the plant grows. It also inspired the name of Clark's Teaberry chewing gum.

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