When hiking in moist woods that have layers of pine needles or oak leave duff, I know I am likely to find Wintergreen. If I see wintergreen, I will probably also spot partridge berry and trailing arbutus. Some plants you know just go together.
Wintergreen is beautiful evergreen ground cover that sports red berries the fall. That is how most people identify it. This is the plants that they used to make winter green candy from. When the leaves are crushed, they smell like wintergreen. The leaves are glossy and deep green. The plant grows to about 6 inches and if happy produces dense mats. It is a slow grower though but worth it the wait. The flowers are bell shaped and are white with hints of pink. They are produced throughout the summer.
The plant prefers organic, acid soils with good drainage, light to full shade, cool, moist soil and climate preferred. It really needs these conditions to grow, not adaptable to dry soils or areas with low humidity. It is a good choice for under evergreen shrubs or in acid soils with lots of organic matter.
Gaultheria procumbens - Wintergreen or Eastern Teaberry
-Beautiful red berries
-Bright to dappled shade
-Height: 6 to eight
-Zone: 3 to 8