Mitchella Repens, Patridge Berry
The Partridge Berry Plant has several other more common names such as Squaw Vine, Two Eyed Berry, Running Fox and Creeping Berry. The botanical name for these plants is Mitchella Repens. These plants are very interesting as they are considered to be a vine, but can be trained to grow in the shape and manner of a woody shrub bush. These plants are one of the several vines that do not climb but grow by creeping along the ground. The foliage on these plants is beautiful. These are evergreen vines that will provide color all year long. The leaves are a glossy, emerald green color. In mid-spring, through early summer these plants will produce a blossom that is similar to a trumpet in shape and white. These blooms are quite pretty and will have four petals. Many bees and butterflies will be attracted to these blooms while they last. In mid to late summer these blooms are replaced by the gorgeous red berry. These berries may last through the winter and are a source of food for wild turkeys, foxes, grouse, mice, skunks and other small wildlife. Many birds also love the berries. The foliage is sometimes food for deer. These plants are common along the eastern portion of North America and have been known to be used for medicinal qualities. These plants will grow best in Zones 5 through 9 and have been known to grow in other zones too. They can reach up to 8 inches tall when they are mature plants. They thrive in full to partially shady areas. These plants prefer moist, well-drained soil conditions, but are very adaptable to other soil conditions as long as they have moisture and drainage. These are super plants to grow and have in the landscape.
The partridge berry is also know as Mitchella Repens. It has tastless berries. This plant has a blooming time from may to july. Its flowers are white or pink. Partridge berry is can tolerable heavy shade and dry conditions. It adds to any garden as it will continue to add life and color even through fall until the cold months. It is a trait that most gardeners look for in some of their plants so that they can have a lovely garden all year long. It is also great to plant beneath the shrubs in your yard because the dark green leaves, white flowers and bright red berries will add the perfect garden mat to the area. The berries will also prove to be a source of food for the wildlife in your area during the winter months. Since the berries are low in fat, they will remain edible until the later winter months. This vine is also called Deerberry, and will also attract deer as well as help to feed them. Imagine looking out your door and seeing a majestic creature such as this! Partridge Berry is usually found in the central and eastern regions of North America but can also be found southwest and to the south growing wild. Found in many places and climates due to its hardiness. This vine is low growing and is commonly referred to also as a herb because of its medicinal properties. It does prefer and will grow to reach its potential much better in fully shaded or partially shaded areas of your garden or yard. If one wants something that will do well in an environment with little sun, this is a great choice! It will do well and thrive where other plants or flowers have failed. It will add to any garden, and Partridge Berry is a great one to consider. With its delicate textures and appearance coupled with its simplistic beauty and wonder, it is simply a top choice for any gardener. From its beautiful aromatic blooms to its medicinal uses and adds color and beauty to any landscape.
Squaw Vine, or Patridge Berry, is a perennial that is often found growing near the base of a tree
The Squaw Vine is a small grower and can reach about a foot long when it is mature. This plant is found in dense wooded areas. Nova Scotia and Florida is prime growers of this plant. The blooms are fragrant and normally appear as a white or purple color. The berries are not only edible to humans but also used for many medicinal purposes such as helping with menstrual cramps or to help a lady go into labor. The partridge berry has green foliage with red berries and a red bloom.