Native wintergreen, plus more from WNY Gardening Matters

wintergreen Gaultheria procumbens
Wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens). Photo courtesy Rob Routledge, Sault College,

American wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens), a native plant, is an appealing evergreen groundcover, according to this article in the most recent edition of WNY Gardening Matters.

Its glossy leaves emit a pleasant teaberry scent when crushed. Its white flowers are tinged with pink in summer and develop attractive red berries.

There’s another evergreen groundcover with the common name of wintergreen, but it’s in an entirely different family. Learn more about spotted wintergreen (Chimaphila maculata) in this article, too.

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