Partridgeberry, twinberry

FAMILY: Rubiaceae | GENUS: MITCHELLA repens

TYPE
  • Perennials
SUN EXPOSURE
  • Partial Shade
  • Full Shade
WATER
  • Regular Water
  • Ample Water
PLANTING ZONES
  • US (Upper South) / Zone 6
  • MS (Middle South) / Zone 7
  • LS (Lower South) / Zone 8
  • CS (Coastal South) / Zone 9

Plant Details

Attractive small, creeping ever- green plant native to much of eastern North America. Roundish leaves are less than 1 inches long, borne in pairs along trailing, somewhat woody stems that root where they touch the ground. Paired, small white flowers appear in late spring or early summer; these are followed by bright red berries less than 14 inches across. Small-scale ground cover best seen near eye level, such as on a shady bank or above a wall. Ideal for a woodland garden among shade-loving native plants such as ferns, mosses, may apple (Podophyllum peltatum), and galax. Provide steady moisture and acid soil containing plenty of leaf mold or other organic material.

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