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Lesson 6: Harvesting Winter Herbs, Spotted Wintergreen


  • Denise GrantDenise Grant Posts: 1,879 admin

    @judsoncarroll4 I have not seen this locally although its supposed to grow here. I will have to look for it better

  • toreytorey Posts: 2,874 admin

    Good topic.

    The species we have in my area are Chimaphila menziesii and Chimphila umbellata. Both referred to as Prince's Pine or Pipsissewa. This plant is good for UTI's in children as it is less harsh than some of the other urinary disinfectants such as Uva Ursi.

    An infusion is a great detoxificant for gout or rheumatism as well as the urinary or lymphatic systems.

    Chimaphila is one of the ingredients in a product for BPH, "Eviprostat", along with Populus, Pulsatilla and Equisetum extracts. Helpful with painful or obstructed urination as well as reducing nocturia. I knew that Chimaphila had uses for BPH but I hadn't seen studies before today or info on this particular product. I have a client suffering from BPH right now so this is very useful info. Thanks for sending me down the reference rabbit hole, Judson.

  • jolanta.wittibjolanta.wittib Posts: 493 admin

    This herb is new to me. I wonder whether it grows in Austria.

  • toreytorey Posts: 2,874 admin

    @jolanta.wittib This is from the New England Botanical Club but it discusses the European Chimaphila species as well as the North American species. It appears to grow in Austria. https://www.jstor.org/stable/pdf/23297414.pdf

    Your species is Chimaphila umbellata so it might look like this one from my area. But C. maculata might be in your area as well.

    Aren't the flowers so beautiful!

  • toreytorey Posts: 2,874 admin

    @judsoncarroll4 I was thinking the same thing when I saw C. maculata in your video. C. menziesii looks much more like your species but it doesn't grow as far north as I am. Its found more in south coastal BC and then more common in Washington and Oregon, inland as well as on the coast. The flowers are much paler in C. menziesii, too. Are they pale in C. maculata or brighter like C. umbellata?

  • judsoncarroll4judsoncarroll4 Posts: 3,469 admin

    We also have one around here called Alligator Wintergreen, that has a pattern like alligator scales! The flowers and growth pattern are similar, but wow, what a unique leaf!

  • jolanta.wittibjolanta.wittib Posts: 493 admin

    thank you @torey it is such a lovely plant. I will look for it. There is always something new to learn and some new plants to discover.

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