Gaultheria procumbens

Creeping Wintergreen, Checkerberry

These upright or spreading evergreen shrubs perform best in semi-shady woodland gardens. Urn-shaped, whitish flowers attract bees and develop into fleshy fruits, many of which are colorful and aromatic, and attract birds. Salal and Wintergreen are valued for their dense masses or rich green, leathery leaves. Some are slow-growing when first planted, but once established, spread aggressively. All need moist, organic, well-drained, acid soils. Start by seeds, division or cuttings.
Gaultheria procumbens, Creeping Wintergreen, Checkerberry
This almost indestructible ground cover has dark green leaves and bright red, edible fruits. Crushed fruit and leaves have a minty scent and are the source of Wintergreen oil.

Attributes - Gaultheria procumbens

Plant Type: Ground Cover

Bloom Season: Early Summer through Late Summer

Flower Color: Pink, White

Foliage: Evergreen

Height: 6 in.

Width: 2 ft.

Sunlight: Partial Sun, Shade

Climate: Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Notes: Thrives in Acid Soil.

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