partridgeberry Rubiaceae Mitchella
|Leaf: Opposite, evergreen, oval to heart-shaped leaf, 1/2 inch across, parallel veined, dark green above with a paler yellow-green midrib, pale yellow below.
Flower: Species is monoecious; tubular, 1/2 inch long, 4 white to faint pink fuzzy petals, appearing in mid-summer.
Fruit: Bright red berry, oval, 1/4 to 3/8 inches across, edible and persist through the winter.
Twig: Very delicate and barely woody, light green to brown in color.
Form: A creeping, delicate vine, does not climb and is often covered by fallen leaves.
Looks like: teaberry
| Additional Range Information:
Mitchella repens is native to North America.
Range may be expanded by planting.
See states reporting partridgeberry.
| External Links:
USDA Plants Database
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Photos and text by: John Seiler,
Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera,
and John Peterson