white mountain heather Ericaceae Cassiope mertensiana (Bong.) G. Don Listen to the Latin symbol: CAME7 Other Fact Sheets
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.
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Additional Range Information:
Cassiope mertensiana is native to North America.
Range may be expanded by planting.
See states reporting white mountain heather.
External Links:
USDA Plants Database
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