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Gaultheria procumbens

Checkerberry

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Key information

Plant type

Evergreen shrub

Flower colour

Mixed

Feature

Flowers, Fruit

Hardiness

Hardy

Skill level

Experienced

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Plant details

The dense evergreen foliage of this low creeping North American shrub make a satisfying carpet of dark green, red tinted and metallic in winter in shades that complement the red berries which nestle among the leaves. The plants are easy to grow, provided the ground is acid and moist at all times, and very hardy in all positions. They make an attractive edging for informal paths and wild garden beds, the creeping and suckering stems easily controlled by chopping through them with a spade once a year. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

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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