This makes thick patches of many woody stems, a few inches high, the twigs thickly clothed with odd-looking, small, dark green leaves, overlapping like scales and ridged on the back. The single flowers are white and waxy, resembling the bells of Lily-of-the-valley, often with red calyxes and pedicels, and are pretty and delicate, set off by the stiff, dark foliage.

This grows in the highest mountains, at an altitude of ten thousand feet and above.

White Heather Cassiope Mertensiana

White Heather-Cassiope Mertensiana. WINTERQREEN FAMILY. Pyrolaceae.