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NC Native Plant Society:
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Epigaea repens

Trailing Arbutus, Mayflower, Ground Laurel

Scientific Name:

Epigaea repens

Genus:

Epigaea

Species Epithet:

repens

Common Name:

Trailing Arbutus, Mayflower, Ground Laurel

Plant Type

Shrub

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Ericaceae (Heath Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

0-1 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

White, Pink

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day, Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Dry, Moist

Bloom Time:

Feb, March, April, May

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont, Sandhills, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

In a wide variety of acidic forests, xeric to mesic, sandy, rocky, and loam. Common throughout NC.

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate

Leaf Retention:

Evergreen

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Has some wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Not Recommended for home landscapes

Notes:

Slow growing and difficult to transplant. Flowers very fragrant. Pollinated by bees, and is a host plant for Hoary Elfin butterfly larvae.

Patch in the woods

May 09

image

Tom Harville

White Blooms

May 08

image

Tom Harville

The blooms have a wonderful aroma

Pink Blooms

Apr 02

image

Martha Baskin

New Growth

Early May 09
Rutherford County, NC

image

Tom Harville

New Growth Up Close

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Tom Harville

Close-up of flowers in early April showing pubescent leaves and petals

Orange County, NC

The Scientific Name is Epigaea repens. You will likely hear them called Trailing Arbutus, Mayflower, Ground Laurel. This picture shows the Close-up of flowers in early April showing pubescent leaves and petals of Epigaea repens

Bettina Darveaux

Flowers can be white or pink

Orange County, NC

The Scientific Name is Epigaea repens. You will likely hear them called Trailing Arbutus, Mayflower, Ground Laurel. This picture shows the Flowers can be white or pink of Epigaea repens

Bettina Darveaux

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

NCSU Plants



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