Checkerberry, Youngsters, Teaberry, Tea leaves, Wintergreen oil plant, Squawberry, Squaw plum, Squaw vine, Spiceberry, Spicy wintergreen, Spicy wintergreen checkerberry, Partridge berry, Procalm, Red pollom, Ground tea, Grouseberry, One berry, Drunkards, Gingerberry, Groundberry, Creeping checkerberry, Creeping wintergreen, Creeping wintergreen checkerberry, Checkerberry, Chickenberry, Chinks, Boxberry, Canada tea, Canterberry, Wintergreen, American mountain tea, Aromatic wintergreen
G. procumbens – G. procumbens is a dwarf, spreading shrub with rounded, evergreen foliage that takes on red tinges in winter. Pale pink or white flowers appear in summer and are followed by bright red berries.
Eastern North America
The leaves have an aroma resembling antisceptic cream when crushed.
Any part of the plant may cause severe discomfort if ingested.
RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)
Pale-pink, Insignificant or absent, White in Summer
Green in Spring; Green in Summer; Green in Autumn; Green, Flushed red in Winter
HOW TO CARE
Watch out for
Seed, Semi-hardwood cuttings
WHERE TO GROW
Gaultheria procumbens (Checkerberry) will reach a height of 0.5m and a spread of 1m after 5-10 years.
Banks and Slopes, City, Cottage/Informal, Beds and borders, Gravel, Low Maintenance, Containers, Rock, Sub-Tropical, Foliage only
Plant in moist, free-draining soil in full or partial shade. Dislikes chalky soil.
Clay, Loamy, Sandy
Moist but well-drained, Well-drained
Partial Shade, Full Shade
North, South, East, West