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Prickly Heath

Gaultheria mucronata

Plant Data

Order:
Ericales
Family:
Ericaceae (Heath)
Type:
Flower
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC

Flower:
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White, 5 petals
 
White, bell-shaped, up to 6mm. Flower stalks emerging from leaf axils.
Fruit:
Colourful berries, pink or purple, up to 12mm in size.
Leaves:
An evergreen shrub. The leaves are small, dark, glossy and leathery.
Maximum Size:
110 centimetres tall
Foraging Notes:
The berries are edible, raw or cooked. The berry melts in the mouth and has a pleasingly sweet flavour, making this ideal for desserts.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Other Names:
Lily of the Valley Tree, Wintergreen.
Frequency (UK):
Occasionally seen
Habitats:
Gardens, hedgerows, scrub, woodland.