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Creeping Wintergreen Offers Year-Round Appeal

Creeping Wintergreen

Item # 46604
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Crushed foliage is scent-sational!

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
BloomStartToEnd Late Spring - Late Summer
Habit Prostrate
PlantHeight 6 in
PlantWidth 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, Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands
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