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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Partial Shade to Full Shade
Full Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Moderately acid (5.6 – 6.0)
Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Fruit: Showy
Edible to birds
Other: Bright red to bluish-black berries, each containing a single seed.
Fruiting Time: Fall
Late fall or early winter
Flower Color: Green
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Underground structures: Rhizome
Wildlife Attractant: Birds
Resistances: Fire Resistant
Humidity tolerant
Drought tolerant
Miscellaneous: With thorns/spines/prickles/teeth


Planning, Designing and Growing a Vegetable GardenPlanning, Designing and Growing a Vegetable Garden
By dave on January 12, 2013

It's that time of year, when freezing temperatures suddenly fade away into our distant memory and we start getting that vegetable garden itch. Let's talk about vegetables - how to grow them and how to design your vegetable gardens.

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