Scientific Name: Gaultheria mucronata Form: Round
Common Name:pernettya; prickly heath Texture:Medium - fine
Family Name:EricaceaeHabit: Arching, Upright
Plant Type: Broadleaf evergreen Mature Size (ht. X w.):0.7 - 1.3m x 1.0 - 1.5m
Origin: South America Hardiness Zone:Zone 6: (-23 to -18 C)
Leaves: Simple, Alternate, Leathery, Pinnate venation, Glabrous, Lustrous, Elliptic, Oblong, Ovate, Crenate
Flowers: Flowers solitary, (Floriferous), White, May- Jun
Fruit: Capsule, Edible, (Accessory tissue), White, Pink, Purple, Black, Jun- Jul- Aug- Sep- Oct
Exposure: Part sun/part shade, Filtered shade
Soil or Media: Acidic, Well-drained
Landscape Uses: Group or mass planting, Rock garden, Small garden/space, Spring interest
Key ID Features:Dense, small, evergreen shrub with small, alternate leaves that are dark green, ovate, and glossy, with a mucronate tip but no marginal spines; when looking head on, leaves appear very geometrically arranged; new stems are reddish; fruit a berry-like capsule (accessory tissue).