Chimaphila maculata

Common Names: Striped wintergreen, spotted wintergreen, striped prince's pine, spotted pipsissewa, ratsbane, rheumatism root
Category: Plants
Sub-category: Heath family

A small (10 to 25 cm tall), perennial evergreen herb. It has dark green, variegated leaves 2 to 7 cm in length, and 6 to 26 mm in width. The variegation of the leaves arises from the distinct white veins contrasted with the dark green of the leaf. The stems emerge from creeping rhizomes. The nearly round flowers are found on top of tall stalks. They are white or pinkish and are insect pollinated. The flowers mature to small (6 to 8 mm in diameter) capsules bearing the seeds of the plant, which are dispersed by the wind.

It can be found in sandy habitats, well-drained upland forests, oak-pine woods, and similar mesic habitats. Flowers appear in late July to early August.

Primary Flower Color: White
Secondary Flower Color: Pink
Edible Notes: No available information on edibility.
Warnings: Not known to be dangerous.