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Order: Ericales
   Family: Ericaceae
            Genus: Gaultheria
                        Specie: procumbens

Planting Season: Evergreen

Height at Maturity: 6 in (15 cm)

Cultivation: Moist, well-drained, humus-rich, acid soil

Features: Aromatic glossy leaves; racemes of pink flowers in summer

Uses: Alpine gardens Rock gardens Shrub borders Spillover planting Ground cover

Zones: 4?9

Description: The fruit of this creeping shrub from eastern North America was a source of the pungent liniment that for many years was the primary treatment for muscle or joint problems. Alas, synthetic methyl salicylate has now largely taken its place. Wintergreen is

Growth Habit: Creeping habit

Comments: Attractive fruit; source of the liniment wintergreen

Growth: Perennial, multi-stemmed woody plant that is usually less than 4 to 5 meters (13 to 16 feet) in height. Shrubs typically have several stems arising from or near the ground, but may be taller than 5 meters or single-stemmed under certain environmental cond

Growth: Low-growing shrub usually under 0.5 m (1.5 feet) tall, never exceeding 1 meter (3 feet) tall at maturity.

Duration: Perennial

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