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Plant Name:

Eastern Teaberry

Scientific Name:

Gaultheria procumbens


Eastern Teaberry, also known as Wintergreen, is a low-growing evergreen shrub with glossy, dark green leaves and small, white or pink bell-shaped flowers. It produces red berries that are edible and have a minty flavor.


Woodlands, forests, acidic soils


Eastern Teaberry provides food and cover for a variety of wildlife species, including birds and small mammals. It is also a host plant for certain butterfly species.

Growing Conditions:

Eastern Teaberry thrives in acidic, well-drained soils and partial shade to full sun


The leaves of Eastern Teaberry are aromatic and can be used to make tea or flavor food. The berries are also used in culinary applications.

(please exercise caution and consult additional sources or experts before consuming any vegetation):

Berries (wintergreen berries) can be eaten raw or used in cooking

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Fun Facts:

Eastern Teaberry contains methyl salicylate, which gives it a minty fragrance and is used in some topical pain relievers. The plant is culturally significant to some Native American tribes and has been used for medicinal purposes.

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