Gaultheria procumbens L.

Checkerberry, Teaberry, Mountain-tea, Creeping Wintergreen

Family: Ericaceae

Genus: Gaultheria

Category: Groundcover

Zones: 3 to 7

Size: To 5" tall

Exposure: Part Shade, Shade


Evergreen. Glossy, leathery, leaves, dark green, to 2" long, light green new growth. Purple tint in autumn. Small white flowers with a hint of pink. Red edible berries.

Gaultheria with egg-shaped leaves, bluntly toothed, and crowded together at the top; stem grows zigzag and thread-shaped. (Bot. Repos.)


Published in Sp. Pl. 2: 895 in 1753.

Native to the eastern and central US and Canada.

Also published in Bot. Repos. 2: 116 in 1800.

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