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
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.