Chimaphila maculata (L.) Pursh - Spotted Wintergreen, Pipsissewa
Family - Pyrolaceae
Flowering - April - June.
Habitat - Upland coniferous woods, hardwood forests, alluvial woods.
Origin - Native to North America.
Other information - This attractive and popular species can be found mainly in the northeastern corner of Alabama and is also found in a few counties of the east-central portion of the state. The plant can be easily identified by its creeping stems, striped leaves, and big flowers. The leaves typically appear whorled below the inflorescence but are sometimes just scattered along the stem. Although one of the common names of this species is "Spotted Wintergreen" this plant is NOT the edible wintergreen used to flavor candies and other savory treats. True wintergreen is Gaultheria procumbens L., a species which does not occur in Alabama.
Photographs taken in Brown Summit, NC., 6-7-02.