Light Needs:
Light needs: Full Shade
Full to partial shade
Watering Needs:
Water needs: High
Needs wet or constantly moist soil.
Average Landscape Size:
Average Landscape Size
Moderate to slow growth to 6 to 12 in. tall, 2 to 3 ft. wide.
Key Feature:
Key Feature
Groundcover
Blooms:
Flowering Time
Summer
Plant type:Shrub, Groundcover
Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
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
Blooms:Summer
Flower color:White
Design IdeasA northern garden problem solver for semishaded 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. Super 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 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:
Related to the magnolias, this northern woodland species is native to a wide range of boreal habitats from Alaska to Newfoundland.
Lore:
This plant was named as the source of wintergreen oil, a medicinal. It was long used by Naitve Americans within its range as a tea. Contains same painkilling elements as aspirin.