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Chimaphila maculata

Striped prince's pine, Spotted Wintergreen

Pyrolaceae (Wintergreen Family)

Chimaphila maculata (Striped prince's pine)
Loughmiller, Campbell and Lynn
Nodding, fragrant, waxy, white or pinkish flowers are in small clusters at the top of a stem with whorled, evergreen leaves, mottled with white.

This is a conspicuous plant in both winter and summer because of its white and green mottled leaves. It appears to increase both vegetatively and by seedling reproduction following light wildfires. A slightly taller relative, Pipsissewa (C. umbellata), has shiny, dark green leaves that lack the mottling. The genus name is from the Greek cheima (winter) and philein (to love).

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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Subshrub

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug


USA: AL , AZ , CT , DE , FL , GA , IL , IN , KY , ME , MD , MA , MI , MS , NH , NJ , NY , NC , OH , PA , RI , SC , TN , VT , VA , WV , DC
Canada: ON , QC
Native Distribution: Southern Ontario to southern New Hampshire; south to Georgia; west to Alabama, Tennessee, northeastern Illinois, and Michigan.
Native Habitat: Dry woods.

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Sandy

Last Update: 2010-12-20