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GAULTHERIA

Commonly known as Box berry, Mountain tea

(Formerly PERNETTYA)

Genus of about 170 species of evergreen shrubs, some rhizomatous, widely distributed in woodland and open, moist, rocky places in the Himalayas, eastern Asia, Australasia and North, Central and South America.

Wintergreen oil, from G. procumbens is the common flavouring for toothpaste and mouthwash (Listerine) and was well-known as a muscle rub.


  • Evergreen - shrubs
  • Medium shrub - Typically grow to around 4-6 feet in height
  • Partial shade
  • Additional Features - Good to know - grown for their small, urn-shaped flowers and spherical, fleshy fruits. The fruit is edible, though that of mucronata is insipid. Good for woodland planting, rock and heather gardens.
  • Pests & Diseases - none
  • Place of origin - Himalayas, eastern Asia, Australasia, North, Central and South America.
  • Resistant to honey fungus - These plants have little or few problems with honey fungus.
  • Soil Conditions - Neutral to acid soil - peaty and moist

Buy Varieties of GAULTHERIA

GAULTHERIA mucronata 'Bells Seedling'  AWARD

GAULTHERIA mucronata 'Bells Seedling'  >


Commonly known as: Box berry, Mountain tea, Prickly heath.
Bright red berries
Multibuy Any 3+ £10.00 each
£13.00 each

GAULTHERIA mucronata 'Crimsonia'  AWARD

GAULTHERIA mucronata 'Crimsonia'  >


Commonly known as: Box berry, Mountain tea, Prickly heath.
White flowers, crimson berries
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£13.00 each

GAULTHERIA mucronata mascula

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Commonly known as: Box berry, Mountain tea, Prickly heath.
Male form
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£13.00 each

GAULTHERIA mucronata 'Mother of Pearl'

GAULTHERIA mucronata 'Mother of Pearl'  >


Commonly known as: Box berry, Mountain tea, Prickly heath.
Pale pink berries
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£13.00 each
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GAULTHERIA mucronata 'Mulberry Wine'  AWARD

GAULTHERIA mucronata 'Mulberry Wine'  >


Commonly known as: Box berry, Mountain tea, Prickly heath.
White flowers and magenta-purple berries which deepen in colour with age
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£13.00 each
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GAULTHERIA mucronata 'Signal'

GAULTHERIA mucronata 'Signal'  >


Commonly known as: Box berry, Mountain tea, Prickly heath.
Bright scarlet berries
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£13.00 each

GAULTHERIA mucronata 'Snow White'

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Commonly known as: Box berry, Mountain tea, Prickly heath.
Pure white berries - sometimes speckled pink
Multibuy Any 3+ £10.00 each
£13.00 each

GAULTHERIA procumbens   AWARD

GAULTHERIA procumbens  >


Commonly known as: Box berry, Checker berry, Mountain tea, Partridge berry, Wintergreen.
creeping evergreen border or rock plant with dark green leaves and red fruits in autumn
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£13.00 each
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