Mayflower, common name for the trailing arbutus (Epigaea repens), a creeping, woody, evergreen plant belonging to the heath family (Ericaceae) and native to eastern North America. The only other member of the genus (E. asiatica) is native to Japan. The name mayflower derives from the very fragrant, white or rose-coloured, bell-shaped blossoms that appear during that month, and sometimes in April. Ants are attracted to the globular, capsule-shaped fruit. The mayflower grows in acidic sandy or peaty soils from Newfoundland to Manitoba, and has been the Provincial floral emblem of Nova Scotia since 1901. It is grown from seed because transplanting produces poor results.
- MLA 8TH EDITION
- Arseneault, Céline. "Mayflower". The Canadian Encyclopedia, 14 August 2014, Historica Canada. https://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/mayflower. Accessed 25 May 2019.
- APA 6TH EDITION
- Arseneault, C., Mayflower (2014). In The Canadian Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/mayflower
- CHICAGO 17TH EDITION
- Arseneault, Céline, "Mayflower". In The Canadian Encyclopedia. Historica Canada. Article published February 07, 2006; last modified August 14, 2014. https://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/mayflower
- TURABIAN 8TH EDITION
- Céline Arseneault, The Canadian Encyclopedia, s.v. "Mayflower", last modified August 14, 2014, https://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/mayflower
|Article by||Céline Arseneault|
|Published Online||February 7, 2006|
|Last Edited||August 14, 2014|