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Epigaea repens

Trailing Arbutus, Mayflower, Ground Laurel

Scientific Name:

Epigaea repens

Genus:

Epigaea

Species Epithet:

repens

Common Name:

Trailing Arbutus, Mayflower, Ground Laurel

Plant Type

Shrub

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Ericaceae (Heath Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

0-1 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

White, Pink

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day, Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Dry, Moist

Bloom Time:

Feb, March, April, May

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont, Sandhills, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

In a wide variety of acidic forests, xeric to mesic, sandy, rocky, and loam. Common throughout NC.

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate

Leaf Retention:

Evergreen

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Has some wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Not Recommended for home landscapes

Notes:

Slow growing and difficult to transplant. Flowers very fragrant. Pollinated by bees, and is a host plant for Hoary Elfin butterfly larvae.

Patch in the woods

May 09

image

Tom Harville

White Blooms

May 08

image

Tom Harville

The blooms have a wonderful aroma

Pink Blooms

Apr 02

image

Martha Baskin

New Growth

Early May 09
Rutherford County, NC

image

Tom Harville

New Growth Up Close

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Tom Harville

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

NCSU Plants


Bird-Friendly Native Plants



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