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Mitchella repens /Partridgeberry

Mitchella repens  / Mitchella repens
Ground cover in forest with a thick layer of humus
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Ground cover in forest with a thick layer of humus

A rather thick planting

Close-up image of foliage and a berry

Planting in woodland shade

Creeping ground cover in woodland garden

Leaves in pairs with a couple of red berries that have escaped the attention of wildlife

Partridgeberry creeping among leaf mold

Close view of plant used as ground cover

Part of a large area of ground cover

An unusually thick mat of the Partridgeberry

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Scientific Name: Mitchella repens
Common Name: Partridgeberry
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 6 Determine Your Zone
Height: Under 1 foot
Spread: to 1 foot
Bloom time: Spring, Summer
Flower color: White
Fruit present: Summer
Fruit color: Red
Drainage: Well drained, Moist
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Comments: Birds and other wildlife eat the scarlet berries. A nice surprise ground cover found in moist woodlands that have accumulated humus over several years. Very difficult to get this ground cover established in new developments where soils do not have a generous amount of humus.