Flowers: small; nodding; axillary. Calyx: of four sepals with two large bractlets underneath. Stamens: eight. Pistil: one. Fruit: a small, globular, white berry. Leaves; ovate and, like the bractlets, bristly underneath; evergreen. Stem: delicate and trailing.
It may be regarded as a matter of good fortune if we find this delicate little creeper spreading its carpet of snow-white berries, in the peat bogs. We then sit down and enjoy to the full its invigourating breath of spicy aroma; and nibble at the leaves, which are uninjurious. and have the same pleasant taste as sweet birch and wintergreen. It is abundant in the Adirondacks and at times we find it straying to visit such cool, damp woods as the Alleghanies.