Taxon: Epigaea repens L.

Genus: Epigaea
Family: Ericaceae
  Subfamily: Ericoideae
      Tribe: Phyllodoceae
Nomen number: 402579
Place of publication: Sp. pl. 1:395. 1753
Name Verified on: 23-Aug-1995 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 23-Aug-1995
Species priority site is:
Accessions: 1 in National Plant Germplasm System

Common names:

Economic Importance:

  • Environmental: ornamental (fide Dict Gard; Eur Gard F)
  • Medicines: folklore (fide CRC MedHerbs ed2; Herbs Commerce ed2)

Distributional Range:


  • Northern America

    • Eastern Canada: Canada - Newfoundland
    • North-Central U.S.A.: United States - Illinois, - Wisconsin
    • Northeastern U.S.A.: United States - Connecticut, - Maine, - Massachusetts, - New Hampshire, - Rhode Island, - Vermont
    • Southeastern U.S.A.: United States - Alabama, - Delaware, - Florida, - Kentucky, - Maryland, - Mississippi, - North Carolina, - South Carolina, - Tennessee, - Virginia
    • Western Canada: Canada - Manitoba

  • Cultivated:

    . also cult.


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