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Oregon Spicy Wintergreen
Gaultheria ovatifolia
About Oregon Spicy Wintergreen (Gaultheria ovatifolia) 0 Nurseries Carry This Plant Gaultheria ovatifolia is a species of shrub in the heath family which is known by the common names western teaberry and Oregon spicy wintergreen. It is native to western North America from British Columbia to California, where it grows in high mountain forests. This is a small, low shrub with stems only about 35 centimeters in maximum length. The pointed, oval-shaped leaves are 2 to 3 centimeters long and green. The plant bears small, solitary bell-shaped flowers in shades of white to very light pink with reddish leafs. The flowers hang like tiny bells. The fruit is a red berrylike capsule. It was a food for the Hoh and Quileute of the Pacific Northwest.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type

1.1 ft tall

Flower Color
Flower Color
Pink, White, Red

Wildlife Supported

Butterflies & moths hosted ( 3 likely * ) SHOW ALL

Landscaping Information
Part Shade

Common uses
Common uses

Sunset Zones
Sunset Zones?
1, 2, 4*, 5*, 6, 14, 15, 16, 17

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Wet places

Annual Precipitation: 39.4" - 158.7", Summer Precipitation: 0.83" - 6.33", Coldest Month: 10.8" - 45.8", Hottest Month: 34.1" - 71.3", Humidity: 0.80" - 21.45", Elevation: 934" - 14090"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Western Teaberry

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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