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Well known by its common name 'Salal', this plant is an attractive small evergreen shrub native to our region. Salal is commonly found growing as a part of forest understory with Swords Fern (Polystichum munitum) and Oregon Grape (Mahonia aquifolium), and is particularly dense as an along the Oregon coast. 


Salal requires zero maintenance, and has good color contrast - reddish stems with forst green foliage. Its best positioned in an area where it has room to spread, as it will expand via stolon (runners). However, they tend to be shallow and easily dug out. This plant is a strong candidate for erosion control purposes, or as texture plant in naturalistic shade gardens. 

Gaultheria shallon

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