Saxapahaw, NC

The Flower of Carolina


  • Product Info

    Wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens)
    Heath Family

    Wintergreen, also known as Teaberry, is a highly attractive, evergreen groundcover for shade. Like most members of the heath family, it prefers soils on the acidic side. Amend soil with peat moss, or an acid fertilizer like powdered sulfur. Large red berries are the main attraction of this plant, but the red tint the leaves take in the fall is a close second. Plant in part shade up to deep shade in average or organically rich understory soil. Growth is rather slow, but will form a nice colony over time.

    Blooms: Pink/white, 3-4 weeks, June-Aug
    Leaves: Glossy green, evergreen, nice maroon color in fall
    Height: 4-8”
    Space: 12-18”
    Soil: Acidic, average, dry, moist
    Exposure:  Part shade-Full shade
    Fauna: Bees, small flies, berries for animals, groundcover habitat
    Seeds:  Numerous, large, red berries are very attractive to people and animals

    Deer Resistance: High
    Zone: 3-7
    Native Status: NC native, common in the Mountains, uncommon in the Piedmont, and Sandhills
    Provenance: Unknown, asexually produced