Wintergreen (Pyrola rotundifolia L.)

Wintergreen rotundifolia is a perennial plant representing the Wintergreen family (Pyrolaceae).


Perennial plant with a longish branched rhizome, low stem and leathery, rounded elliptical leaves on petioles collected in a rosette at the base of the stem. The flowers are drooping, pink, 8-15 in a raceme, spherical in buds, when blooming, the corolla is wide open, a long curved pistil protrudes from it. The fruit is a box. It blooms in June-July. Round-leaved wintergreen is found in pine-spruce forests, quite often, everywhere.

Contains active substances:

Wintergreen round-leaved contains glycosides, tannins, arbutin.

Medicinal use:

An aqueous decoction of the whole plant is drunk for sore throat, headache, abdominal pain, diseases caused by weight lifting, hernia, drink for scurvy, applied to wounds. Wintergreen is also used in homeopathy.

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