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Gaultheria myrsinoides subsp. Pentlandii

Pronunciation: Gawl-thee-ree-a
Family: Ericaceae
Synonym: Gaultheria prostrata, pernettya prostrata
Common Name: Gaultheria myrsinoides subsp. Pentlandii
Cultivar: Pentlandii
Plant Type:
  • trees, shrubs
Height to: 16"
Width to: 16"
USDA Hardiness Zones:
  • 10 to 0ºF ZONE 7
  • 20 to 10ºF ZONE 8
Sun Exposure:
  • part sun
  • full sun
Bloom Season:
  • early summer
Bloom Description: Gaultheria myrsinoides subsp. Pentlandii produces urn-shaped, solitary, white flowers. They are followed by purple fruit, to 1/2" across,with persistent enlarged calyces
Soil Type: Grow in acidic, peaty, moist soil in partial shade; full sun may be tolerated where the soil is permanently moist.
  • Yes
Plant Perks:
  • Edible
  • Rock Garden
  • Mass Planting
Pests and Diseases: Black mildew, powdery mildew, leaf gall and fungal spots can occur.
Propagation: Sow gaultheria myrsinoides subsp. Pentlandii seed in containers outdoors in a cold frame in autumn. Take semi-ripe cuttings in summer, or remove rooted suckers (if produced) in spring
Native to: Costa rica to c. Chile
Winter Sowing Zones: Zone 7-8
Notes for Identification: Gaultheria myrsinoides subsp. Pentlandii is more upright in habit than the species, (g. Myrsinoides) with oblong-ovate leaves, to 1 1/4" long, and paler fruit. Source: various sources including the american horticultural society a to z encyclopedia of garden plants
USDA Heat Zones (days above 86ºF):
  • 60 to 90 days ZONE 7
  • 90 to 120 days ZONE 8
Seed photo: 0
Seed Label: 0
Located in: Trees, Shrubs
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