Mayflower (Epigaea repens)
Bloom time: April – May
General: Often almost hidden by grass and fallen leaves, the mayflower is a low, woody evergreen that grows from long trailing stems with shallow fragile roots.
Leaves & Twigs: This plant has simple, shiny, dark green leaves which are oval in shape.
Flowers & Fruits:
Habitat: Mayflower is most common in rocky pastures, barren lands and grassy areas where the soil is acidic and well drained.
PlantWatch Pointers: Select a typical patch of plants, if the plants are very abundant, mark off a l-metre-square section to observe.
- First bloom: when the first flowers are open in the observed plants.
- Mid bloom: when 50% of the flowers are open in the observed plants.
This species is monitored in:
- Nova Scotia
The plant’s name refers to its bloom time because it typically flowers in May.