Scientific Name:

Mitchella repens

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Scientific Name Pronounciation:

my-CHEL-luh REE-penz

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Usual Size:

1-2 in. H X 15-18 in. W


Small, waxy white or pale pink trumpet-shaped flowers are borne in pairs on the end of slender stems; four-lobed flowers are fuzzy on the inside and smooth on the outside; the ovaries of each pair are united forming a single berry

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Evergreen; small (1/2 to 3/4 inch), opposite, rounded leaves are leathery, dark green with white midvein above and pale green beneath.


Brilliant scarlet waxy berries in fall; 1/4 to 3/8 inch across; the two dimples on the fruit reveal its fused nature; persists through winter.


Wildlife eats the fruit.

Natural Habitat:

Dry or moist shady woods


Cuttings; division; layering

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Cultural Notes:

Partridgeberry (Mitchella repens) grows in shade to partial shade; rich humusy soil; prefers consistent moisture; grows well under trees and large shrubs; easily smothered by heavy buildup of leaves.

Fragrant; wonderful dainty ground cover for shady gardens; the berries stay on the plant until the next flowering season; although it is a vine, it never climbs and is often covered with fall leaves.


Other Common Names: Twinberry, Squaw Vine, Deerberry, Winter Clover, Oneberry, Twin-Flower, Two-Eyed Berry


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