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Epigaea repens

Epigaea repens

Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Ericales
Family: Ericaceae
Genus: Epigaea
Species: E. repens
Binomial name
Epigaea repens

Epigaea repens (Mayflower or Trailing Arbutus) is a low, spreading shrub in the Ericaceae family. It is found from Newfoundland to Florida, west to Kentucky and the Northwest Territory. It can also be found in parts of Central Europe and Western Africa.

The species flowers are pink, fading to nearly white, very fragrant, about 1/2 in. across when expanded, few or many in clusters at ends of branches. Calyx of 5 dry overlapping sepals; corolla salver-shaped, the slender, hairy tube spreading into 5 equal lobes; 10 stamens; 1 pistil with a column-like style and a 5-lobed stigma. Stem: Spreading over the ground (Epigaea = on the earth); woody, the leafy twigs covered with rusty hairs. Leaves: Alternate, oval, rounded at the base, smooth above, more or less hairy below, evergreen, weather-worn, on short, rusty, hairy petioles.

Slow growing, it prefers moist, acidic (hummus) soil, and shade.

Epigaea repens is the floral emblem of both Massachusetts and Nova Scotia.

See also

  • List of U.S. state flowers
  • List of Canadian provincial and territorial symbols


  • Blanchan, Neltje (2005). Wild Flowers Worth Knowing. Project Gutenberg Literary Archive Foundation. 
  • Pink, A. (2004). Gardening for the Million. Project Gutenberg Literary Archive Foundation. 
  • The General Laws of Massachusetts Chapter 2: Section 7. Flower or floral emblem of commonwealth
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