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botanical name:
Gaultheria procumbens
Gaultheria procumbens © Deeproot Plant Base
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common name:  Creeping Wintergreen, Checkerberry
family:  Ericaceae
characteristics: shrub, evergreen, ground-cover, scented/aromatic
height: 0.15m
width: 1.00m
growth rate: slow
growth habit: prostrate
leaf colour: dark green
flower colour: white
fruit colour: red
main season: All Year
poison symbol poisonous or irritant
aspect: full sun, part shade, shade
conditions: dry soil, moist soil, sandy soil
preferred soil pH: acid
minimum temp: -10°C
USDA zone: 5 to 9
Forms a prostrate carpet slowly spreading by underground shoots. Leaves turn an attractive purplish red in autumn, fragrant when crushed. White or pale pink, urn shaped flowers followed by bright red fruit which generally lasts through winter. Height 5-6"

Well drained acid soil in partial shade. Will grow in full sun if the soil does not dry out. Tolerates a wide range of climatic areas.

Good ground cover for shade on acid soils.

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