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Gaultheria procumbens

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Wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens) is an appealing evergreen groundcover with glossy oval leaves that emit a pleasant teaberry scent when crushed. It performs best in acidic, well drained to dry soils in filtered shade. Its white flowers, tinged with pink, bloom in summer and later will develop into attractive red berries that persist throughout winter. Wintergreen grows 4-6” high at maturity and spreads in patches, expanding slowly by stolons. It makes an excellent companion for earlylowbush blueberry (Vaccinium pallidum), box huckleberry (Gaylussacia brachycera), partridge-berry (Mitchella repens), and mountain laurel (Kalmia latifolia). Adding yellow stargrass (Hypoxis hirsuta), wild lily-of-the-valley (Maianthemum canadense), and stiff-leaved aster (Ionactis linariifoliaus) will provide a bloom display from spring through fall. Zones 3-8.

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