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- Botanical Name:
- Mitchella Repens
- Hardiness Zone:
- 4 , 5 , 6 , 7 , 8 , 9
- Mature Height:
- 2 in
- Mature Width:
- 2-3 ft
- Growth Per Year:
- 2-3 ft
- Light Requirement:
- Full Sun , Partial Shade
- Soil Requirement:
- Partridge Berry-Mitchella repens Hardy Planting Zones- 4-9 Sun or Shade – Partial or Full Shade Mature Height - 2-4" Mature Width- 12-16" Bloom Season – Spring to Summer (May-July) Gardener Status- Beginner
Partridge Berry – Conopholis Americana
Partridge Berry is a great plant to take care. It will have very little maintenance to it. You can plant these in just about any conditions, and they are very easy to grow. This plant will look fantastic in your gardens. They will thrive in areas that have moist and well-drained soils. These plants also bloom during April through June and will supply tiny red berries that the birds will enjoy.
The partridgeberry plant is a delicate ground-covering vine. It has six-to-12 inch stems that regularly root at nodes where they come in contact with the ground. While this plant spreads exceedingly slow, it may eventually spread in colonies that may be several yards wide despite the fact that this plant is usually shorter than two inches tall. This evergreen plant looks particularly stunning in the winter as it puts on tiny bright red berries in the late spring that last until the next spring if a wild animal does not eat them. These berries have eight seeds, and they are often a favorite snack of birds on cold winter days. The berries also have two bright deeper red spots on them.
This plant prefers shade, but it will tolerate a little morning sun. While this plant will propagate naturally if the weather gets cold enough, it usually takes the second year for substantial growth to occur. Partridgeberry plants prefer moist soil that is rich in organic matter, but it will tolerate drier conditions once it becomes well established.. This plant continues to photosynthesize during the winter helping it take advantage of all available light. It grows particularly well at the base of trees and on uneven ground where it may help stop soil erosion.
In the spring, this plant puts on dainty white flowers. Each one has four brilliant white petals that are covered with a thin layer of hair. These petals unite to form a funnel-shaped tube. About 50 percent of the flowers will have a long stamen and a short pistil while the other 50 percent will have a long pistil and a short stamen. It takes one of each being pollinated to make the crimson-red berries on this plant. The leaves on this plant have a leather-like appearance.