Chimaphila umbellata - Plant
Description for Chimaphila umbellata
Chimaphila umbellata is a small perennial flowering plant found in dry woodlands, or sandy soils. It is native throughout the cool temperate Northern Hemisphere.
|Common name||Flower colours||Bloom time||Height||Difficulty|
|Chim,Chimaphila umbellata (Umbellate Wintergreen, Pipsissewa, or Princes pine)||Pink.||July to August||0.4 m (1ft 4in) by 0.5 m (1ft 8in)||easy to grow|
Planting and care
Growing plants can be inexpensive, particularly when growing them from seed. Seeds of plants flowers should usually be sown directly into the sunny flower bed, as developing roots do not like to be disturbed
|Full Sun to Partial Shade||well-drained soil||Medium||40F||Apply any organic fertilizer|
Caring for Chimaphila umbellata
- Deadhead to prolong flowering.
Maintain moderate soil moisture and fertilize lightly.
plant will die with the first frost.
Typical uses of Chimaphila umbellata
Special features: The leaves are nibbled, brewed into a tea or used as a flavouring in root beer. They have a delicious scent and flavour. An extract of the leaves is used to flavour candy and soft drinks. In Mexico the herb is used in the preparation of navaitai , an alcoholic beverage produced from sprouted maize. A tea can be made from an infusion of the stems and roots.
Culinary use: na
Ornamental use: The plant is used for ornamental purpose.
Medicinal use: Pipsissewa was much used by many tribes of native North American Indians to induce sweating and treat fevers, including typhus[254, 257]. The plant contains hydroquinones which have a pronounced disinfectant effect within the urinary tract and modern day herbalism mainly employs the plant to treat urinary problems such as cystitis and urethritis.
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