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NC Native Plant Society:
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Chimaphila maculata

Spotted Wintergreen, Striped Pipsissawa

Scientific Name:

Chimaphila maculata

Genus:

Chimaphila

Species Epithet:

maculata

Common Name:

Spotted Wintergreen, Striped Pipsissawa

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Ericaceae (Heath Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

0-1 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

White

Light:

Less than 2 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Dry

Bloom Time:

May, June

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont, Sandhills, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Forests and woodlands, mostly rather xeric and acid.

Leaf Arrangement:

Opposite, Whorled

Leaf Retention:

Evergreen

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

No known wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Not Recommended for home landscapes

Plants in Bloom

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Bloom Close Up

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Developing fruit (capsules) in late October

North Carolina mountains

The Scientific Name is Chimaphila maculata. You will likely hear them called Spotted Wintergreen, Striped Pipsissawa. This picture shows the Developing fruit (capsules) in late October of Chimaphila maculata

Bettina Darveaux

Dried capsules from previous years flowers

Jackson County, NC

The Scientific Name is Chimaphila maculata. You will likely hear them called Spotted Wintergreen, Striped Pipsissawa. This picture shows the Dried capsules from previous years flowers of Chimaphila maculata

Bettina Darveaux

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record



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