Wintergreen

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Wintergreen Flower

The Wintergreen is starting to flower.

Wintergreen or Checkerberry, is a low growing evergreen plant (Gaultheria procumbens) of the family Ericaceae (heath family), native to sandy and acid woods (usually of evergreens) of E North America.

This little plant gets pretty red berries that hang on the plant through the winter and will still be attached to the plant the following spring. That is, if it doesn’t get eaten first. Birds will eat the berries and other critters probably do too. The plant remains green under the snow.

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