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Sunday - July 27, 2008

From: Newport, RI
Region: Northeast
Topic: Shrubs
Title: Small evergreen plants in Rhode Island
Answered by: Nan Hampton

QUESTION:

Please name a few small flowering evergreen plants. Thanks.

ANSWER:

Mr. Smarty Plants assumes you want these to be natives of Rhode Island. Here are a few in the Family Pyrolaceae (Wintergreen Family) that are only a few inches tall:

Chimaphila maculata (striped prince's pine)

Chimaphila umbellata (pipsissewa)

Orthilia secunda (sidebells wintergreen)

Moneses uniflora (single delight)

Pyrola americana (American wintergreen)

Pyrola asarifolia (liverleaf wintergreen)

Pyrola chlorantha (greenflowered wintergreen)

Pyrola elliptica (waxflower shinleaf)

Other evergreens not in the wintergreen family:

From the Family Rubiaceae (Madder Family)

Mitchella repens (partridgeberry)

From the Family Ericaceae (Heath Family). Some of these can reach 3 feet.

Gaultheria procumbens (eastern teaberry)

Arctostaphylos uva-ursi (kinnikinnick)

Andromeda polifolia (bog rosemary)

Chamaedaphne calyculata (leatherleaf)

Epigaea repens (trailing arbutus)

Gaultheria hispidula (creeping snowberry) and photos and more information


Chimaphila maculata

Chimaphila umbellata

Orthilia secunda

Moneses uniflora

Pyrola americana

Pyrola asarifolia

Pyrola chlorantha

Pyrola elliptica

Mitchella repens

Gaultheria procumbens

Arctostaphylos uva-ursi

Andromeda polifolia

Chamaedaphne calyculata

Epigaea repens

 

 

 

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