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common name: Creeping Wintergreen, Checkerberry
shrub, evergreen, ground-cover, scented/aromatic
poisonous or irritant
full sun, part shade, shade
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.