Mar 31 2012
Trailing arbutus (Epigaea repens) is a rare evergreen plant that usually blooms in April in our area. This year it’s blooming early, just like everything else.
Both of the plant’s first names — trailing and epigaea — refer to its woody, hairy stems that trail on the earth in a dense mat. The leaves are oval and leathery, smooth on top and hairy below.
The plant is unremarkable until it blooms. The flowers are tubular, 5-lobed, pink or white, and usually in clusters at the branch tips. They’re quite fragrant with a spicy smell.
(photo by Dianne Machesney)