Mitchella repens, Partridgeberry

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic

Partridgeberry is a sweet trailing plant with shiny rounded evergreen leaves with a distinctive stripe down the mid-vein.  The paired snow-white tubular flowers have four fringed petals that form half-inch stars in summer.

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Mitchella repens, Partidgeberry  Ground Cover, Height: 4 inches, Spread: ½–1 foot, Bloom color: White, pinkish, Low, evergreen ground cover, Glossy, dark green, rounded to oval leaves with a white stripe down the mid-vein, Paired, fragrant white flowers from May to July, Ruby red, fleshy drupes from July to December, Tolerates dry soil and dense shade, No serious pests or diseases; deer rarely damage, Slow to establish, but forms dense mats in time, Edible: fruits insipid; dried leaves used as an herb, Attracts bumble bees to flowers and to the fruit, game birds and mammals (red fox, eastern skunk, eastern chipmunk, and white-footed mice), which spread seeds to new areas , Soil Requirements: Humus-rich acidic soil , Light Requirements: Partial Shade, Full Shade , Water Requirements: Moist, Divide the plants in spring or take stem cuttings in early summer, Hardiness: USDA Zones 3–8, Glechoma hederacea - Ground Ivy, Hedera helix - English Ivy, Lysimachia mummularia - Moneywort, Vinca minor - Periwinkle

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Tags: Ground Cover, Height: 4 inches, Spread: ½–1 foot, Bloom color: White, pinkish, Low, evergreen ground cover, Glossy, dark green, rounded to oval leaves with a white stripe down the mid-vein, Paired, fragrant white flowers from May to July, Ruby red, fleshy drupes from July to December, Tolerates dry soil and dense shade, No serious pests or diseases; deer rarely damage, Slow to establish, but forms dense mats in time, Edible: fruits insipid; dried leaves used as an herb, Attracts bumble bees to flowers and to the fruit, game birds and mammals (red fox, eastern skunk, eastern chipmunk, and white-footed mice), which spread seeds to new areas , Soil Requirements: Humus-rich acidic soil , Light Requirements: Partial Shade, Full Shade , Water Requirements: Moist, Divide the plants in spring or take stem cuttings in early summer, Hardiness: USDA Zones 3–8, Glechoma hederacea – Ground Ivy, Hedera helix – English Ivy, Lysimachia mummularia – Moneywort, Vinca minor – Periwinkle