(Gaultheria procumbens) Wintergreen berries ripen starting in late August until winter and are bright red. They can be made into tea, eaten raw, or mixed into fresh fruit salad. Both leaves and fruit taste like wintergreen lifesavers. They are a native of the eastern United States and hardy to USDA Zones 3. This plant is a creeper and will spread outward 12 inches or more. Plant 12 inches apart, in partial or full shade. Needs a loose, acidic soil with high organic matter content. It grows to about 6 inches tall and makes a great edible red and evergreen ground-cover.