Etymology: Chimaphila: from the Greek cheima, "winter weather," and phelein, "to love," from its evergreen habit and referring to one of the common names, wintergreen aka pipsissiwa or prince's pine
Plants: erect, perennial, 4"-12" tall, evergreen half-shrub; stems spreading, branched; from creeping rhizomes
Leaves: opposite, only along the stem, thin, tapering to the stem, sharply toothed especially toward the tip to smooth toward the base, shiny, e
Flowers: white to pink, 5-parted, 1/3"-1/2" wide; inflorescence with 4-8 stalked flowers in an umbel-like, long-stalked cluster; blooms July-Aug.
Fruits: capsule opening from the top downward
Habitat: dry; woods, forests; in sandy soil
Conservation Status: Native
Flora of North America: Flora of North America Floristic Rating: Coefficient of Conservatism = 8 USDA Plants Database: Federal Distribution and detailed information including photos Virginia Tech Dept. of Forestry, College of Natural Resources: detailed description and photographs