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Round-leaved Wintergreen

Pyrola rotundifolia

Plant Data

Order:
Ericales
Family:
Ericaceae (Heath)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
Drooping saucer-shaped flowers with 5 white petals. Oranged-tipped anthers are creamy in colour. The protruding pinkish-red style is almost always curved. Common Wintergreen has a much shorter and straighter style, making it easily distinguishable.
Fruit:
A red nodding seed capsule, 5 lobes.
Leaves:
The glossy, leathery leaves form a basal rosette. They are roughly circular in shape and are stalked. The leaves are overwintering, hence the name Wintergreen. The leaves have toothless margins, or sometimes rounded teeth.
Maximum Size:
20cm tall.
Aroma:
Flowers are almond-scented.
Other Names:
Canker Leek, Canker Lettuce, False Wintergreen, Larger Wintergreen, Liverwort Lettuce, Pear-leaved Wintergreen, Wild Lily-of-the-Valley.
Habitats:
Bogs, fens, heathland, mountains, sand dunes, scrub, swamps, woodland.