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Pyrola minor

Common wintergreen

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Features

  • BloomsMay to June
  • Height0.05m to 0.3m
  • Spread0.2m to 0.3m
  • Growth HabitRosette
  • Flower ColourWhitish pink
  • Leaf ColourDark green

Description

Pyrola minor (Common wintergreen). This plant is often found in the wild in Northern Europe. STEM: Short, leafy; flowering stems upright, scaly. ROOT: Creeping underground stem. HAIRS: Absent STIPULES: Absent LEAF-STALK: Shorter than blade. BRACTS: Slender, pointed. FLOWER STALK: Almost equaling flower. SEPALS: 5, bases joined. PETALS: 5, equal, not joined, overlapping. STAMENS: 10 STIGMA: 1, 5-lobed, style straight, shorter than petals. OVARY: 1, 5-celled. SEEDS: Numerous, minute.

Characteristics

Perennial, Evergreen, Herbaceous

Origin

Britain

Interest and use

Wildflower/meadow, once medicinal.

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Needs

  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilLight, Medium

Cultivation

Resents disturbance.

Propagation

Seed in autumn or spring or by division in spring.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Very susceptible to slugs and snails

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