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Gaultheria procumbens

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Key information

Plant type

Evergreen shrub

Flower colour

Mixed

Feature

Flowers, Fruit

Hardiness

Hardy

Skill level

Experienced

Gaultheria procumbens

Plant details

Gaultheria procumbens is a dense evergreen, creeping North American shrub which makes an eye-catching carpet of dark green, red tinted and metallic foliage in winter, complementing its red berries, which nestle among the leaves. It's easy to grow and makes an attractive edging plant for informal paths and wild garden beds. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Grow Gaultheria procumbens in moist but well-drained, acidic soil in full sun to partial shade. The creeping and suckering stems are easily controlled by chopping through them with a spade once a year.

Family: Ericaceae

Genus: Gaultheria

Species: procumbens

Plant type: Evergreen shrub

Flower colour: Mixed

Foliage colour: Dark green

Feature: Flowers, Fruit

Sun exposure: Partial shade

Soil: Acidic, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 30cm

Spread: 150cm

Time to plant seeds: September to November

Time to divide plants: March to May


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