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Gaultheria myrsinoides

There are some medium-sized shrubs in this genus, but most are very low, spreading plants, with lots of small, creamy white flowers, almost invariably described as urn-shaped. The only urn I know is a metal cylinder, so that isnít much help. The flowers are tubular, usually hanging downwards, constricted at the mouth and often then with a flared section. These are followed by showy fruits, white, blue, purple, perhaps black, which look good for a long time against the small, evergreen leaves. Note that plants in the genus Pernettya are now also considered to be Gaultheria.

Gaultheria myrsinoides is a low, evergreen shrub, grown mainly for its fruit, which are pale purple - lilac is a fair description. It was once known as Pernettya prostrata subsp. purpurea - a case where all three parts of the name have been changed.

Quantity 9 cm pot
Width 30cm
Height 15cm
Family Ericaceae
Flowering Summer, fruit in autumn
Habitat detail part shade, moist
Garden habitat Part shade
Soil acidic, humus rich soil
Plant category Shrub
Height range 6 - 20 cm


9 cm pot £4.00
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