Shinleaf – 7/9/20
Observer: Rita Corey and Larry Myatt
Observation Date: 7/9/20
Observation Time: 9:18 a.m.
Observation Location: Mountain Street, near entrance to Rattlesnake Hill
Common Name: Shinleaf (a.k.a. White Wintergreen)
Scientific Name: Pyrola elliptica
Comments: Its common name, shinleaf, comes from the medicinal use of the plant, which produces a drug similar to aspirin. This drug has been reported to have analgesic properties and was used on bruised shins and other wounds. A plaster made from the leaves was called a shin plaster.
More Information: NC State Extension