trailing arbutus

noun
Also called arbutus, mayflower. a creeping eastern North American plant, Epigaea repens, of the heath family, having leathery, oval leaves and terminal clusters of fragrant pink or white flowers.

Origin:
1775–85

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trailing arbutus
 
n
Also called: mayflower a creeping evergreen ericaceous plant, Epigaea repens, of E North America, having clusters of fragrant pink or white flowers

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The understory is typical of northern dry-mesic forest but quite varied with moccasin flower, trailing arbutus, and pipsissewa.
Each month has its own special offering, from the delicate trailing arbutus of early spring to the asters and goldenrod of fall.
Trailing arbutus and butterwort are among the earliest flowers to bloom.
In fact, that's a maximum level also for trailing arbutus.
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