Thursday, March 5, 2009

Gaultheria procumbens: foliage at winter's end

[Photo: Gaultheria procumbens shows reddened foliage at the end of winter.]Gaultheria procumbens, known in English as wintergreen, tea berry, or checkerberry, and in French as gaulthérie couchée, thé du Canada, palommier, or thé de Terre-Neuve is an evergreen low-growing shrub (10-15 cm tall) native to eastern North America.

I bought this little plant last August at Sheridan Nurseries (near Yonge and Eglinton) to provide some winter colour. Of course it was buried under the snow most of the time. Over the winter it turned an interesting dark red, which is especially bright on the undersides of the leaves.

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