|Epigaea repens is an evergreen, low growing shrub, with a creeping, low habit, 4 to 6 inches tall. The leaves are alternate, simple, ovate to oblong-ovate and evergreen. The dark, leathery foliage will cover large areas under optimal conditions, but it resists cultivation and disturbances. The white to pink flowers are highly fragrant, in groups of 4 to 6 on terminal racemes, blooming in mid-spring. The small, berry-like fruits are whitish and small. Hard to transplant and propagate. It requires sandy or gravelly, acidic soil that has been enriched by oak leaves or pine needles and partial shade or shade. It may require a mycorrhizal relationship with a fungus. Does best when left undisturbed. A pretty and delicate plant that presents a challenge. Native from Massachussetts to Florida, and west to Ohio.