Gaultheria procumbens - Wintergreen

Sun Exposure: Sun, Part Sun, Shade

Soil Moisture: Medium, Medium-Dry, Dry

Soil Type: Sand, Loam, Loam - Clay

Height:  3 - 8  inches

Spread: 1  foot

Blooms: June, July

Root: Rhizomes

Habitat: Savannas, Woodland, Limestone glades, Forested bogs

Landscape uses: Woodland garden, Ground cover, Rock Gardens, Edible(tea)

Wildlife Value: Bumblebees visit the flowers for nectar. Birds eat the berries.

Seed Source: Wasaga Beach, Ontario

Germination Code:  C(60)

Gaultheria procumbens - Wintergreen

  • The most striking characteristic of this plant is the mint (or wintergreen) fragrance of its crushed leaves, from which oil of wintergreen is made. Often used to made teas, or chewed to extract the flavor, this ground cover can serve many purposes. It can be used as a "green mulch" to provide ground cover to keep weeds out, or planted in a coniferous wooded setting for some green ground interest.