Saxapahaw, NC

The Flower of Carolina


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    Partridgeberry (Mitchella repens)
    Madder Family

    Partridge berry is an evergreen, low-growing woody vine that can be used as a groundcover in shady woodlands. Dark green leaves have strong white midvein and tightly hug the forest floor.White flowers appear in late spring. Flowers occur in pairs that are connected at the bottom by a single calyx. Both flowers must be pollinated in order to form a single red fruit. Two scars from the twin flowers can be seen on the fruit. Fruit often persists into late winter until they are eaten by birds or other small animals. Plant in semi-shady woodlands with average to moist soils for best growth. Can be slow to get started, but when happy will form large, dense mats.

    Blooms: White, 2-3 weeks, April-May
    Leaves: Dark green, very small, oval, strong veining, evergreen
    Height: 4”
    Space: 1’
    Soil: Average-Moist
    Exposure:  Shade-Part Shade
    Fauna: Bumblebees, berries for birds and small mammals
    Seeds: Bright red berries are present late summer into winter
    Deer Resistance: High
    Zone: 3-8
    Native Status: NC Native, common across the sate
    Provenance: North Carolina Ecotype, asexually propagated