• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full to partial shade
    Watering Needs:
    Needs wet or constantly moist soil.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Moderate to slow growth to 6 to 12 in. tall, 2 to 3 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
  • Detail
    Plant type:Shrub, Groundcover
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Moderate to slow growth to 6 to 12 in. tall, 2 to 3 ft. wide.
    Foliage color:Dark Green
    Flower color:White
    Garden styleAsian/Zen, Cottage
    Design IdeasA northern garden problem solver for semi-shaded areas. Perfect spreader for ground beneath conifers and hardwood tree groves. Makes good greenery on shaded exposures of foundation planting. Does well in and around naturalistic water features where soils are sandy and well-drained. Thrives on banks and slopes protected by forest canopy. Great for naturalizing in wild gardens.
    Companion PlantsThis beauty is perfect with cold hardy northern growers such as Bright Fantasy Snowberry, (Symphoricarpos 'Bokabright'), Ivory Halo Dogwood, (Cornus alba 'Bailhalo'), European Ostrich Fern, (Matteuccia struthiopteris) and Chicago Lustre Arrowwood Viburnum, (Viburnum dentatum 'Synnestvedt').
  • Care
    Care Information
    Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Provide well drained soil, rich in organic matter. Feed with an acid fertilizer after bloom. Keep roots cool with a thick layer of mulch.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Shade
    Full to partial shade
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: High
    Needs wet or constantly moist soil.
  • History & Lore
    Related to the magnolias, this northern woodland species is native to a wide range of boreal habitats from Alaska to Newfoundland. Gaultheria was named as the source of medicinal wintergreen oil, and contains the same painkilling elements as aspirin. It was commonly used by Native Americans within its range as a tea.