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Gaultheria mucronata – Pernettya

Written by Hilary on December 5th, 2006

Winter is upon us and if you’re looking for a plant that gives good winter color with its berries, try Gaultheria mucronata also known as Pernettya mucronata.

Its common name is Prickly Heath, and it’s an evergreen shrub that does well in climate zones 7-9. It grows to 5 feet (1.5 m) tall and as wide, with deep green, glossy leaves with sharp tips.

It bears clusters of small white flowers and purple fruit. It is quite showy in the winter. Some good cultivars to try are ‘Bell’s Seedling’ or ‘Mother of Pearl’ or ‘Mulberry Wine’

So if the winter blues are setting in – try some purple fruiting plants to liven your yard up!

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4 Comments so far ↓

  1. Ki says:

    I haven’t seen this gaultheria before – very beautiful. Did you buy it through a mailorder nursery? We only have the common red variety but also beautiful in its own tiny way.

  2. Hilary says:

    Hi Ki,

    I ordered mine through my local nursery. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I have been very happy with the pernettya that they got me!

  3. Anonymous says:

    What is the local nursery where you got the Gaultheria?


  4. Hilary says:

    The nursery I bought it from is no longer there. It was French Brothers Nursery in San Luis Obispo California. It is now a Vons shopping center – sad but true.

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