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GAULTHERIA

Commonly known as Box berry, Checker berry, Mountain tea, Partridge berry, Wintergreen

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(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 - elliptic, scalloped or bristly toothed, glossy, dark-green leaves to 5cm (2in) long.
  • White
  • Height - 15cm (6in)
  • Spread - 1m (39in)
  • Dwarf shrub - Typically only grows to a maximum of one or two feet in height but there will be some exceptions. - creeping, rhizomatous shrub. Urn-shaped flowers are produced singly or in small clusters. Self fertile.
  • Ground cover - These plants are typically low growing and spread quickly to inhibit weed growth on areas of bare soil
  • Hardy - average winter - Hardy through most of the UK apart from inland valleys, at altitude and central/northerly locations. May suffer foliage damage and stem dieback in harsh winters in cold gardens. Plant can withstand temperatures down to -10°C (14°F)
  • Partial shade
  • Harmful if eaten - These will give you an upset tummy, so please don't eat any of these. - berries, however, are edible.
  • Additional Features - Berries - These plants have berries.
  • Medicinal properties - wintergreen. Widely regarded as an effective treatment for rheumatic pains (liniment from essential oil) and as a good diuretic.
  • Pests & Diseases - none
  • Place of origin - eastern North America.
  • Resistant to honey fungus - These plants have little or few problems with honey fungus.
  • Garden Location/Conditions - Rockery (inc alpine) -
  • Hardiness - Frost hardy (down to -5) -
  • Scented Plants - Scented foliage - - strong fragrance of wintergreen, Germolene.
  • Seasonal Interest - Autumn -
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Winter
  • Soil Conditions - Neutral to acid soil - - peaty and moist
  • Wildlife - Rabbit Resistant -

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+ £12.00 each
£14.00 each

GAULTHERIA mucronata 'Crimsonia'  AWARD

GAULTHERIA mucronata 'Crimsonia'  >


Commonly known as: Box berry, Mountain tea, Prickly heath.
White flowers, crimson berries
Multibuy Any 3+ £12.00 each
£14.00 each
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Available again from summer 2020 - These plants are expected to be available sometime in summer.

GAULTHERIA mucronata mascula

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Commonly known as: Box berry, Mountain tea, Prickly heath.
Male form
Multibuy Any 3+ £12.00 each
£14.00 each

GAULTHERIA mucronata 'Mother of Pearl'

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Commonly known as: Box berry, Mountain tea, Prickly heath.
Pale pink berries
Multibuy Any 3+ £12.00 each
£14.00 each
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Available again from summer 2020 - These plants are expected to be available sometime in summer.

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
Multibuy Any 3+ £12.00 each
£14.00 each

GAULTHERIA mucronata 'Signal'

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Commonly known as: Box berry, Mountain tea, Prickly heath.
Bright scarlet berries
Multibuy Any 3+ £12.00 each
£14.00 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+ £12.00 each
£14.00 each

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