Native Plants in Maryland for Winter Interest

‘Peppermint Pearl’ Wintergreen


Wintergreen is a creeping, woody evergreen.  It is great for a groundcover and woodland gardens.  Showy white, bell-shaped flowers bloom in June to July and the leathery leaves are glossy dark green.  In fall, the leaves turn a purplish shade, and beautiful red berries form and persist through winter.  This cultivar, however, produces white berries!  Grows best in part-shade and moist, acidic, well-drained soil.

I love using wintergreen in a deep shade garden for some winter interest. I have also planted it in container in full sun with success. Walking by the bright red berries in the cold weather cheers me up! -Lauren

A beautiful evergreen groundcover, the straight species produces bright red berries, while the ‘Peppermint Pearl’ cultivar exhibits gorgeous bright white berries- a must-have for your winter container gardens. -Jessica

Wintergreen is one of my favorite plants for late-season container design, so I’m always excited to come across interesting cultivars like ‘Peppermint Pearl’.  It pairs well with so many things!  This season I have it in one of our Errington Ray shallow troughs with with Calluna vulgaris and Heuchera. -Amy



Latin Name: Gaultheria procumbens
Common Name: wintergreen
Type: Broadleaf evergreen
Family: Ericaceae
Native Range: Eastern North America
Zone: 3 to 8
Height: 0.25 to 0.50 feet
Spread: 0.50 to 1.00 feet
Bloom Time: June to July
Bloom Description: White
Sun: Part shade to full shade
Water: Medium
Maintenance: Low
Suggested Use: Ground Cover, Naturalize
Flower: Showy
Leaf: Evergreen
Fruit: Showy, Edible
Other: Winter Interest
Tolerate: Heavy Shade
Information from Missouri Botanical Garden