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Gaultheria procumbens

Eastern Teaberry, Wintergreen, Checkerberry

Scientific Name:

Gaultheria procumbens

Genus:

Gaultheria

Species Epithet:

procumbens

Common Name:

Eastern Teaberry, Wintergreen, Checkerberry

Plant Type

Shrub

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Ericaceae (Heath Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Invasive Status:

(*Key)

Size:

0-1 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

White, Pink

Light:

Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day, Less than 2 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Dry, Moist

Bloom Time:

June, July, August

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Heath balds, woodlands, and openings, usually acidic and xeric. Common in NC mountains, uncommon in piedmont and coastal plain.

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate

Leaf Retention:

Evergreen

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Important for Wildlife

Landscape Value:

Recommended and Available

State Rank:

S4: Apparently secure, S5: Secure (*Key)

Global Rank:

G5 - Secure (*Key)

Notes:

Wintergreen fragrance to crushed leaves

Blossoms are white to pinkish, bell-shaped, developing io leaf axils. Leaves are evergreen, ovate, leathery with a wintergreen scent.

Will Stuart

Bright red fruits, call teaberries are edible with a distinctive wintergreen flavor.

Will Stuart

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record



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