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Gaultheria procumbens

25th October 2014

A small creeping species that has become accidentally popular by producing bright red berries that persist well through the winter. It is now widely available as a winter bedding plant used to liven up tubs and hanging baskets through the gloomy period before winter. By January it is a spent force.
A North American species, I intend to plant it out in a dampish shaded corner and see if it prospers and becomes a low mat of evergreen foliage. The alternative is that it drops dead like those sold as bedding.

18th July 2015