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Gaultheria nummularioides - D.Don.
                 
Common Name
Family Ericaceae
USDA hardiness 8-11
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Evergreen Pinus, Tsuga, Picea, or Abies forests, often on rocks and banks, rarely on trees at elevations of 1000 - 2000, occasionally to 4000 metres[51, 266].
Range E. Asia - Himalayas from Himachel Pradesh to southwestern China and Burma.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Half Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun

Summary

Gaultheria nummularioides


Gaultheria nummularioides
   
Physical Characteristics
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Gaultheria nummularioides is an evergreen Shrub growing to 0.1 m (0ft 4in) by 0.5 m (1ft 8in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 9. It is in leaf 12-Jan It is in flower from Jul to August, and the seeds ripen from Dec to March. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Insects.The plant is self-fertile.
Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils. Suitable pH: acid and neutral soils and can grow in very acid soils.
It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

Synonyms
G. nummularia. G. repens.

Habitats
Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; Dappled Shade; Ground Cover;
Edible Uses
Edible Parts: Fruit.
Edible Uses:

Fruit - raw or cooked[177]. A watery flavour[272]. The fruit is quite tasty raw, but it is small and rather fiddly to harvest[K]. The fruit is about 8mm in diameter[200].
Medicinal Uses
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None known
Other Uses
A good ground cover plant for shady positions[208]. A carpeting plant that roots as it spreads, it should be spaced about 60cm apart each way[208].
Cultivation details
Prefers a moist but not boggy humus rich soil in shade or semi-shade[182]. A peat and moisture loving species, it requires a lime-free soil[182] and a sheltered position[11]. This species only tolerates light and short-lived frosts, so it is not very hardy in Britain. It can, however, be grown outdoors in the milder areas of the country[200]. This species does not often fruit well in Britain[188]. Our single plant flowered freely when less than 3 years old from seed, producing quite a few fruits[K]. The bruised leaves have a distinct cedar-like aroma[245]. The flowers are also aromatic[245]. Plants in this genus are notably resistant to honey fungus[200].
Propagation
The seed requires a period of cold stratification. Pre-chill for 4 - 10 weeks and surface sow in a lime-free compost in a shady part of the greenhouse and keep moist[78]. The seed usually germinates well, usually within 1 - 2 months at 20°c, but the seedlings are liable to damp off. Watering them with care and making sure they get ample ventilation will reduce this risk. Watering them with a garlic infusion can help to prevent damping off[K]. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are about 25mm tall and grow them on in light shade in the greenhouse for at least their first winter[K]. Plant them out in late spring or early summer. The seedlings are susceptible to spring frosts and so it might be wise to give them some protection in their first spring or two outdoors.. Cuttings of half-ripe wood 3 - 6cm long, July/August in a frame in a shady position. They form roots in late summer or spring[78]. A good percentage usually take. Division in spring just before new growth begins. 'Drop' the plants 12 months earlier by digging them up and replanting them deeper in the soil so that the branches are buried and can form roots. This works best in a sandy soil[78]. It is best to pot up the divisions and grow them on in a lightly shaded position in the greenhouse until they are established. Plant them out in the summer. Layering in September/October. Takes 12 months[78].
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Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :
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