Mitchella repens
(Partridge Berry)

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               Seedpod                                           Leaf                                            Stem                                        Seed                                          Habit

Facts About this Plant:

    Common Names: Partridge Berry, Twinberry, Running Box, Pigeon Plum
    Lifespan: Perennial
    Zones: 3 - 9
    Type: Forb
    Bloom Time: May - July
    Status: Native

Mitchella repens, or Partridge Berry, is native to the eastern United States. It is a perennial vine, which trails along the ground in rich, open woods, often along trails and soemtimes along woodland edges. It blooms in late spring to mid summer with two cream white flowers that are fused together and form a single red berry in the fall.

This species is rather unique in several ways. It is a ground-hugging vine, with small dark green leaves. Its flower is also unique in that there are two flowers that bloom together, which form a single red berry if pollinated. It cannot be mistaken for much else.

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