Trailing-Arbutus. Epigaea repens L.

Figure 108.—Trailing-arbutus (Epigaea repens)

Other Common Names

Gravel plant, Mayflower, shadflower, ground laurel, mountain pink, winter pink.

Habitat And Range

Trailing- arbutus spread out on the ground in sandy soil, being found from Newfoundland to Michigan and Saskatchewan and south to Kentucky and Florida.


This plant, generally referred to in the drug trade as gravel plant but more popularly known as ''trailing-arbutus" spreads on the ground with stem 6 or more in length. It has rust-colored, hairy twigs bearing leathery, evergreen leaves from 1 to 3 inches long and about half as wide. The flower clusters, which appear from March to May, consist of fragrant, delicate, shell pink, waxy blossoms.

Part Used

The leaves, gathered at flowering time.