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Gaultheria procumbens


Gaultheria procumbems, the Creeping Winter Green of North America, and Gaultheria Shallon, the Salal of western North America, are the most useful species of this family of the Ericaceae. Both are evergreen, the former growing only a few inches high with small leaves, the latter attaining a height of 3 feet, with a dense robust habit.

Gaultheria procumbens bears small white blossoms and small red, edible berries; Gaultheria Shallon, pale, pinkish flowers, and dark purple fruits. Both can be used as undergrowth, like a sandy or peaty soil, and are increased by division.