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Mayflower (Epigaea repens)
Also known as: trailing arbutus
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 & Fruit: Pink-and-white, trumpet-shaped flowers form small clusters and have a spicy fragrance. The plant does not set seed every year, so it spreads very slowly.
Habitat: Mayflower is most common in rocky pastures, barren lands and grassy areas where the soil is acidic and well drained.
Sampling: Select a typical patch of plants, if the plants are very abundant, mark off a 1-metre-square section to observe.