|鹿蹄草 (Gaultheria procumbens ) Eastern Teaberry, Checkerberry,
Boxberry or American Wintergreen
It is a species of Gaultheria native to northeastern North America from Newfoundland west to southeastern Manitoba, and south to Alabama.
It is a small low-growing shrub, typically reaching 10–15 cm tall. The leaves are evergreen, elliptic to ovate, 2–5 cm long and 1–2 cm broad, with a
distinct oil of wintergreen scent. The flowers are bell-shaped, 5 mm long, white, borne solitary or in short racemes. The fruit is an edible bright red
berry 6–9 mm diameter.
Its leaves and branches also make a fine tea, through normal drying and infusion process. In order for the leaves to produce more than a whiff of
the methyl salicylate, they need to be fermented in warm water for several days before drinking.
Teaberry is also an ice cream flavor in regions where the plant grows. It also inspired the name of Clark's Teaberry chewing gum.