Gaultheria hookeri, a mass of prostrate evergreen twiggy growth that covers mountainsides and as undergrowth to Rhododendron species in the Himalayas and Western China.
It is now flowering well at the Botanics, flattened inflorescences comprised of double rows of pearly white scented bell shaped flowers. These develop from leaf axils and a terminal inflorescence settling down within the foliage canopy. Thick leathery leaves with rough surfaces are ideal to withstand their natural windswept environment. The minute surface hairs preventing desiccation.
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