Summer Wildflowers of Mount Holyokeby Karen Searcy
Taxonomy
Ericaceae
Gaultheria procumbens (Wintergreen)
Flower colorwhite
Number of petals5
Petal fusionfused
Lea arrangementalternate
Leaf groupingsimple
Leaf marginstoothed
Leaf/leaflet shapeelliptic
Fruit typefleshy
Fruit colorred
Flowering datesJuly - Aug
Fruiting datesSept
HabitatDry, acid woods
LocalityThroughout
DescriptionThis is a creeping evergreen plant 2 - 6 inches tall with shiny, leathery green leaves that cluster toward the end of the stem and appear whorled. The white urn-shaped flowers are produced in the axils of the leaves. The fruit is red and persists all winter. Both leaves and fruit have a distinct wintergreen odor.
Habit photoKBS
Flower photoKBS
Fruit photoAT
Fruit photo 2AT