Mitchella, Partridgeberry


Mitchella repens, Partridgeberry, Partridge Berry



Mitchella repens 

Partridgeberry, Partridge Berry

This small vine is slightly woody, forming a low mat of evergreen leaves up to 4″ tall and 1′ or more across. They prefer light shade to partial sun, moist to dry-mesic conditions, and an acidic soil containing sand or rocky material like sandstone. Partridgeberry has small, glossy leaves and tiny white trumpet-shaped blooms in mid-summer, that turn into red berries but is most notable from late autumn through early spring when its evergreen foliage contrasts with the grays and browns of the surrounding dead vegetation.

The flowers are cross-pollinated by bumblebees seeking nectar but the main food source is the bright red berries which are enjoyed by the Ruffed Grouse, Bobwhite Quail, Wild Turkey, and small mammals including Red Fox, Eastern Skunk, Eastern Chipmunk, White-Footed Mouse, and Woodland Deer Mouse. They, in turn, spread the seed to new locations.

Woody Evergreen Mat-forming Groundcover

Hardiness Zone: 3-8

Light: Light shade to partial sun

Mature Growth: .4″-1 foot

Soil: moist to dry-mesic conditions.  Tolerate: Heavy Shade, Dry Soil

Blooms: June-September

Wildlife: Nectar-insects, Nectar-butterflies, Nectar-bees

Plant Sizes when available:  1 gallon

Additional information

Weight 7 lbs
Dimensions N/A

1 Quart, 1 Gallon