GROUND COVER: Gaultheria procumbens (Wintergreen)

Gaultheria procumbens

Image by Lady Johnson Wildflower Center

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic

This charming member of the Heath family, noted for its lovely flowers, leaves, and berries, is widespread in woodlands of eastern North America from Canada to Alabama. An extract from its leaves is used as the familiar wintergreen flavor. The plant is named for Dr. Gaultier, a Canadian physician of the mid-18th century.

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