There are about 150 species of evergreen shrubs in the Gaultheria genus. They are characterized by evergreen, alternate leaves and their typical erica-like urn-shaped flowers. They produce edible berry-like fruits (technically, the swollen calyx), which are attractive to birds as well as humans. Many species have striking red stems that add color through the winter.
Gaultherias need moist, well-drained, acidic soil to prosper.
Name Derivation: Named for Jean-Francois Gaultier, 18th century Canadian botanist
Gaultheria is in the family Ericaceae.