|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.
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
Height: 6 in.
Width: 2 ft.
Sunlight: Partial Sun, Shade
Climate: Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Notes: Thrives in Acid Soil.