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. www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/mayflower. Accessed 10 December 2023.
- APA 6TH EDITION
- Arseneault, C. (2014). Mayflower. In The Canadian Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/mayflower
- CHICAGO 17TH EDITION
- Arseneault, Céline. "Mayflower." The Canadian Encyclopedia. Historica Canada. Article published February 07, 2006; Last Edited August 14, 2014.
- TURABIAN 8TH EDITION
- The Canadian Encyclopedia, s.v. "Mayflower," by Céline Arseneault, Accessed December 10, 2023, https://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/mayflower
Article by Céline Arseneault
Published Online February 7, 2006
Last Edited August 14, 2014