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Plant Details

Epigaea repens

Trailing Arbutus, Mayflower, Ground Laurel

Scientific Name:

Epigaea repens

Common Name:

Trailing Arbutus, Mayflower, Ground Laurel

Plant Family

Ericaceae (Heath Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Type:

Shrub

Bloom Color(s):

White, Pink

Size in Feet:

.2

Light:

Part Shade

Soil Moisture:

Xeric(*)

Bloom Time:

April - May

Bloom Area:

Statewide (Mountains, Piedmont, Coast)

Habitat Description:

In a wide variety of acidic forests, xeric to mesic, sandy, rocky, and loam

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

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Tom Harville

White Blooms

May 08

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Tom Harville

The blooms have a wonderful aroma

Pink Blooms

Apr 02

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Martha Baskin

New Growth

Early May 09
Rutherford County, NC

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Tom Harville

New Growth Up Close

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Tom Harville

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

NCSU Plants
Bird-Friendly Native Plants



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