Other common names:
Checkerberry, Eastern Teaberry, Teaberry|
Heath Family (Ericaceae)
Sub-Shrub; Low plant, tough leaves, wintergreen smell.
Fringed Polygala (Polygaloides paucifolia) - no wintergreen smell. See the Ontario Wildflowers website, Fringed Polygala.
Spring, Summer; White; 5 parts (petals); White, hanging down under the leaves.
Alternate, Simple, Toothed; Alternate, simple. Crowded near the top of the plant. Roundish/oblong, tough, evergreen. Aromatic.
10-15 cm (4-6 in)
Red berries hanging down under the leaves, stay on the plant through the winter (if no one eats them!).
Forests; Open forests.
Berries are edible. Leaves may be chewed for the wintergreen taste.
Peterson's Field Guide to Wildflowers: 38
ROM Field Guide to Wildflowers of Ontario: 253
Shrubs of Ontario: 377
Newcomb's Wildflower Guide: 212
Origin and Meaning of Names:
Scientific Name: procumbens: with trailing prostrate stems
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