Medicinal Plant Profile: Wintergreen

If you’re like me you might be surprised to find that, despite its delicious minty smell, wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens) isn’t a member of the mint family and looks nothing like a mint plant at all! In fact, wintergreen is a low lying perennial evergreen shrub, consisting of small erect branches that sport leathery oval shaped leaves, and beautiful white flowers that bloom in the Spring and give way to bright red berries in the Fall.