Plant types and subtypes: Perennials, Evergreens, Ground Covers
Light Requirements: part-shade, shade
Water Use: medium
Soil Moisture: moist
Soil Description: acid, rich, loam, sand
Bloom Time: May, June, July
Bloom Color: white, pink
Leaf Color: green, multi-color
Hardiness Zone: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Additional Tags: attracts birds, berries, creeping, edible, evergreen, fall interest, fragrant flowers, mat-forming, naturalizing, ornamental foliage, pond margin plant, rock garden plant, shade garden plant, showy fruit, woodland plant
Pricing & Availability
Mitchella repensAlso known as:
Partridgeberry is a diminutive evergreen groundcover that does not grow more than a couple of inches tall. Its deep green leaves are glossy and often white veined. Dainty, funnel-shaped white to pinkish, fragrant flowers appear in pairs at the end of stems. Red berries develop in late summer and fall. These will persist into winter.
Mitchella repens is a groundcover that will not become invasive and might even be slow to establish. Its delicate appearance makes it better suited for small areas, around water features and in rock gardens. It prefers slightly acidic, rich, well-drained soil that remains moist throughout the summer months, but can tolerate drier conditions once established. The trailing stems will root readily as they come in contact with the soil. Blooms late spring and early summer, May - July. Zones 3-8
It is easiest to propagate by gently separating rooted stems from the plant. It may also be propagated by seed, root division and softwood cuttings. Collected seeds will require moist stratification.
The fruit of the partridgeberry often persist through winter. The berries are edible, if not very tasty, and are a food source for a variety of birds, in particular partridges, hence the common name.
Native Range & Classification
Recorded County Distribution: USDA data
AL, AR, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA
USDA Endangered Status:
- Threatened: IA