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Chimaphila maculata (Spotted Wintergreen)

Striped Prince's Pine, Spotted Wintergreen, Striped Wintergreen, Pipsissewa


Grown as an ornamental plant for its attractive foliage and flowers, Chimaphila maculata (Spotted Wintergreen) is an evergreen, rhizomatous wildflower with stiff, lance-shaped olive-green leaves, mottled with white. In winter, the foliage takes on a dark purplish color. In early to late summer, small clusters of nodding, very fragrant, waxy white or pinkish flowers, 1 in. long (2.5 cm), appear at the top of slender stems. The stems emerge from creeping rhizomes, growing 4–10 in. tall (10–25 cm). The blossoms give way to small capsules bearing the seeds which are dispersed by the wind. Native to eastern North America and Central America, Spotted Wintergreen occurs naturally in dry woods where it increase both vegetatively and by seedling reproduction. Attractive all year around, this evergreen plant adds beauty to the woodland edges with is pleasingly variegated leaves. Use it in a dry woodland setting as a ground cover or under shrubs to provide color.

  • Grows up to 6-12 in. tall (15-30 cm) and 6-9 in. wide (15-22 cm).
  • Easily grown in dry, acidic, sandy, well-drained soils in part shade or full shade.
  • Undemanding and virtually pest-free and disease-free, Spotted Wintergreen is excellent for naturalizing in woodland gardens, wild or native plant gardens. Great as a ground cover or under shrubs in a dry woodland setting. Deer resistant.
  • The foliage is considered toxic to sheep.
  • Native to eastern North America and Central America, from southern Quebec west to Illinois, and south to Florida and Panama.

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Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 8
Plant Type Perennials
Exposure Partial Sun, Shade
Season of Interest Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Height 6" – 1' (15cm – 30cm)
Spread 6" – 9" (15cm – 22cm)
Spacing 6" – 9" (15cm – 22cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Native Plants United States, Midwest, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Northeast, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Southeast, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Southwest, Arizona
Tolerance Deer, Dry Soil
Garden Uses Ground Covers, Underplanting Roses and Shrubs
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 8
Plant Type Perennials
Exposure Partial Sun, Shade
Season of Interest Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Height 6" – 1' (15cm – 30cm)
Spread 6" – 9" (15cm – 22cm)
Spacing 6" – 9" (15cm – 22cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Native Plants United States, Midwest, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Northeast, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Southeast, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Southwest, Arizona
Tolerance Deer, Dry Soil
Garden Uses Ground Covers, Underplanting Roses and Shrubs
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage

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