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     Here's an awesome, evergreen groundcover for a partly shady spot, perhaps under the canopies of the deciduous trees.  Its lovely white or pink flowers bloom as early as February and last through May.


     Mayflower, or Trailing Arbutus, becomes a creeping mat less than six inches tall.  The leaves and trumpet-shaped blooms have a sweet aroma, and the flowers are followed by berries that look a bit like white raspberries.


     Pollinators love this shrub, and it is a larval host to the Hoary Elfin.


     It can be hard to establish and is slow growing.  It does not like to be disturbed and does not tolerate flooding.


     Fun fact: This plant is called Mayflower because it is believed to be the first plant in bloom the settlers from the Mayflower saw after their first hard winter in the new land.


     1st photo: Doug McGrady

Mayflower/Trailing Arbutus

1 Gallon
    • Latin: Epigaea repens
    • Pollinator value: Very High
    • Height: 2-4 inches high; 6-15 inches wide
    • Light: Dappled
    • Soil: Moist, well drained
    • Bloom: Pink or white, February to May
    • Foliage: Evergreen, leathery, fragrant
    • Landscape: Ground cover, butterfly or native garden
    • Native range here


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