Red Baron Creeping Wintergreen
Gaultheria procumbens 'Red Baron'
Full shade, Partial shade
Water regularly to maintain wet or evenly moist soil - weekly or more.
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|Botanical Pronunciation||gol-THEER-ee-uh pro-KUM-benz|
|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.|
|Average Size at Maturity||Moderate to slow growth to 6 to 12 in. tall, 2 to 3 ft. wide.|
|Design Ideas||A 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.|
|Foliage Color||Dark Green|
|Garden Style||Asian/Zen, Cottage|
|Landscape Use||Rock Garden, Woodland Garden|
|Light Needs||Full shade, Partial shade|
|Soil Needs||All-Purpose Plant Food|
|Special Feature||Extreme Cold Hardiness, Fall Color, Naturalizes Well, North American Native Selection, Shade Loving, Showy Fruit, Tolerates Acidic Soil, Tolerates Poor Soils, Tolerates Wet Soils, Bird Friendly|
|Watering Needs||Water regularly to maintain wet or evenly moist soil - weekly or more.|
|Companion Plants||This 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').|
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.
This Plant's Growing Zones: 3-8