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Trailing Arbutus

Trailing Arbutus

Epigaea repens

The state flower of Massachusetts, the Trailing Arbutus grows in acid soils in most of New England. Its tiny, waxy-pink flowers appear in early Spring, in the midst of its evergreen, rough-textured leaves. Protected in Rhode Island, it grows best where the forest floor is covered with decaying leaves that provide mycorrhizal fungi.

RI Wildflower Photographs