Wintergreen is indeed an evergreen groundcover as the name suggests. It is native to the US and Canada and is listed as endangered in Illinois. Wintergreen has a wonderful fragrance. Its leaves are used to make tea & the leaf oil is used in muscle rubs.
The berries have the texture of an apple with a wintergreen taste. Because of this, they are often used for flavoring gums, toothpaste, breath mints, and much much more.
Name: Wintergreen Other Common Names: Creeping Wintergreen / Teaberry / Checkerberry Scientific Name: Gaultheria Procumbens Color: White Flowers / Red Berries Plant Seeds: Fall / Cold Stratify Bloom Time: October - Late Spring Hardiness Zone: 3 - 8 Plant Height: 6" or Less Plant Spacing: 12 - 15" Light Requirements: Part Shade - Full Shade Soil and Water Preferences: Average