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Partridge Berry (Mitchella repens) is a charming evergreen groundcover known for its low-growing, trailing habit and delicate features. This native perennial typically spreads up to 2 feet across while maintaining a low profile of just a few inches in height. It features small, rounded, dark green leaves arranged in pairs along its slender stems. In late spring to early summer, it produces tiny, fragrant white or pink-tinged flowers in pairs, which eventually give way to bright red berries that persist into winter. This plant thrives in well-drained, acidic soils rich in organic matter, preferring shaded to partially shaded habitats such as woodlands and forest floors throughout the southeastern United States, including Mississippi.

Partridge Berry plays a significant ecological role by supporting a variety of wildlife. The flowers attract bees and butterflies, providing them with nectar and pollen. The vibrant red berries are a valuable food source for birds and small mammals, while the dense foliage offers shelter and cover for various insects and small animals. In landscaping, Partridge Berry is prized for its ability to create a lush, green carpet in shaded areas. It is an excellent choice for woodland gardens, shaded borders, and naturalized areas, adding year-round interest with its evergreen leaves and winter berries. Its low maintenance requirements and ability to thrive in challenging shady conditions make it a reliable and attractive addition to any garden.

By incorporating Partridge Berry into your native plant garden, you can enhance the beauty of your landscape while providing essential ecological benefits. Its delicate charm, combined with its support for local wildlife, makes it a valuable addition to gardens in Mississippi and the southeastern United States.

Partridge Berry - Mitchella repens


    Zone: 3-8
    Spread: 1-2 feet
    Height: 2 inches
    Sun: Partial to full shade
    Water: Medium
    Attracts: Bees, butterflies, birds, and small mammals




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