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Pyrola minor - L.
                 
Common Name Wintergreen, Snowline wintergreen
Family Pyrolaceae
USDA hardiness 4-8
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Coniferous woods, moors, damp rock ledges and dunes, on acid and calcareous soils in full sun or deep shade[5, 17].
Range Europe, including Britain, from Iceland south and east to Spain, N. Asia to Japan. North N. America
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Full shade Semi-shade Full sun

Summary

Pyrola minor Wintergreen, Snowline wintergreen


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Pyrola minor Wintergreen, Snowline wintergreen
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Physical Characteristics
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Pyrola minor is an evergreen Perennial growing to 0.1 m (0ft 4in) by 0.3 m (1ft).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 5. It is in leaf 12-Jan It is in flower from Jun to August. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Bees, flies, self.The plant is self-fertile.
Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils and can grow in very acid soils.
It can grow in full shade (deep woodland) semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

Synonyms

Habitats
Woodland Garden Dappled Shade; Shady Edge; not Deep Shade;
Edible Uses
Edible Parts: Fruit;  Leaves.
Edible Uses:

Fruit[5]. No more details are given. Leaves - raw[5, 52].
Medicinal Uses


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Antispasmodic;  Astringent;  Diuretic;  Tonic.

The plant is antispasmodic, astringent, diuretic and tonic[4, 172].
Other Uses
None known
Cultivation details
Prefers a moist sandy woodland soil[111, 200] in a cool position with partial shade[1, 11, 200]. This is a very ornamental[1] but difficult plant to grow. It requires a mycorrhizal relationship in the soil and therefore needs to be grown initially in soil collected from around an established plant[200]. It is also very difficult from seed as well as being intolerant of root disturbance which makes division difficult[1]. The flowers have a soft almond scent[245].
Propagation
Seed - the only information we have on this species is that it is difficult from seed and germinates infrequently[200]. We would suggest sowing the seed as soon as it is ripe if this is possible. Sow it into soil collected from around an established plant, only just covering the seed, and put the pot in a shady part of a cold frame. Pot up any young seedlings as soon as they are large enough to handle, once again using soil from around an established plant. Plant out into their permanent positions when the plants are large enough. You should not need to use soil from around an established plant to do this since the soil in the pot will contain the necessary micorrhiza. Division with great care in the spring[1, 111]. Pot up the divisions using some soil from around an established plant, grow on in a lightly shaded part of a greenhouse or frame and do not plant out until the plants are growing away vigorously[200].
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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :
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Orthilia secundaSidebells Wintergreen11
Pterospora andromedeaWoodland Pinedrops11
Pyrola asarifoliaBog Wintergreen, Liverleaf wintergreen, Pink wintergreen01
Pyrola chloranthaGreen-Flowered Wintergreen01
Pyrola ellipticaWaxflower Shinleaf02
Pyrola rotundifoliaRound-Leaved Wintergreen02
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