white mountain heather Ericaceae Cassiope mertensiana
Leaf:Opposite, simple, evergreen, narrowly ovate to lanceolate, 1/4 inch long, thick and keeled, held close to the twig in a scale-like fashion, shiny dark green.
Flower:Small (1/4 inch), white (or light pink) attractive bell-shaped flowers, hang from a 1 inch stem, appear near twig ends in early summer.
Fruit:Small (1/4 inch), round, 4 or 5 valved capsules.
Twig:Covered in green, scale-like foliage.
Bark:Light reddish brown.
Form:Prostrate and sprawling mat or upright, clumpy shrub reaching 1 foot in height.