- Wintergreen plant – Gaultheria procumbens is a spreading groundcover native to the eastern areas of North America. Hardy Zones 3-9
Caring for Wintergreen Plants
Wintergreen plants are in the group known as aromatic plants and stay green throughout the winter season. It can also be known as an evergreen and can be grown from seeds. By covering the ground and areas in acidic and shady oil, the wintergreen will grow best to 24 inches wide. Wintergreen plants are shrub-like that grow very low to the ground. Wintergreen can be seen in North America and can be entitled the American wintergreen, otherwise known as Gaultheria procumbens. Wintergreens are in the genus Gaultheria species, and they are made of an aromatic compound, methyl salicylate and have a minty flavor. These plants have glossy green foliage, and they will turn bronze and red during the winter time months. The red berries on the plant can be used in candies, gum, perfume, tea and other cosmetic and food products. Wintergreen is known as a forest plant where it originated. It can be seen along the Mississippi River and Georgia. It is best suited for low lights and can be seen mostly in the south. These plants live longest in areas of shade and during cool summers. Wintergreen thrives as a plant that lies flat and does not like to be wet. Caring for a wintergreen plant requires them to be spread at least 4 to 6 inches apart from each other. Watering each day especially in dry summers is important. During the summer, the flowers on the plant will produce red berries that can live throughout the winter. Nature and other animals are prone to eating the berries on Wintergreen. You can use the berries for your purposes at home if you so choose to do that. Wintergreen will sprout in one to two months after it has been planted in a cold environment. You should use a green house and then separate the plants in early springtime.