BCP/Epigaea repens


Epigaea repens

Epigaea repens

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Profile for Epigaea repens (Trailing Arbutus, Mayflower)
Identifying Characteristics
Habit:creeping shrub
Flowers:The species flowers are pink, fading to nearly white, about 1/2 in. across when expanded, few or many in clusters at ends of branches. Calyx of 5 dry overlapping sepals; corolla salver-shaped, the slender, hairy tube spreading into 5 equal lobes; 10 stamens; 1 pistil with a column-like style and a 5-lobed stigma.
Foliage:Alternate, oval, rounded at the base, smooth above, more or less hairy below, evergreen, weather-worn, on short, rusty, hairy petioles. Somewhat leathery.
Stem:Spreading over the ground (Epigaea = on the earth); woody, the leafy twigs covered with rusty hairs.
Scent:Very fragrant
Growing Conditions:Prefers moist, acidic (hummus) soil, and shade.
Life Cycle: perennial
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Regional data:
New Hampshire: (native), April, May

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This page is a profile for the plant species Epigaea repens, used to collect records of where and when this plant was observed blooming, and for providing identification information for use in dichotomous keys. If you would like to help collect data for this or other plants, see Bloom clock project/How to Contribute for orientation.