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Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Vine
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 2 -45.6 °C (-50 °F) to -42.8 °C (-45°F)
Plant Height: 2 inches
Plant Spread: indefinite
Leaves: Evergreen
Fruit: Showy
Edible to birds
Flowers: Showy
Fragrant
Flower Color: White
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Summer
Late summer or early fall
Fall
Uses: Groundcover
Will Naturalize
Edible Parts: Fruit
Wildlife Attractant: Birds
Propagation: Seeds: Stratify seeds: moist stratification for 6 weeks @ 40 degrees if stored or planted indoors
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Stolons and runners

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Common names
  • Partridgeberry
  • Partridge Berry
  • Twinberry
  • Running box
  • Squaw Vine
  • Deerberry
  • Squaw berry
  • Two eyed berry

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Location: Fleetville, Pa
Date: September 23, 2022
Location: Fairfax, VA
Location: Fleetville, Pa
Date: September 23. 2022
Location: NC| June, 2022
Date: 2022-06-14
Location: Lake James, NC
Date: 2020-07-12
This was growing on the bank of Lake James.
Location: Beautiful Tennessee / Smokey Mountains
Date: Oct. 21, 2014
Location: North Carolina Botanical Gardens Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Date: February 28, 2023
Partridge berry #397; RAB p. 981, 173-6-1. MBG, "Genus name honor
Location: French Creek State Park in southeast Pennsylvania
Date: 2016-04-27
a small patch still with berries
Location: Alpine Lake, West Virginia | May, 2023
Location: Alpine Lake, West Virginia | May, 2023
Location: zone 8/9 Lake City, Fl.
Date: 2011-12-17
Location: Fairfax, Virginia (Outdoors)
Location: Fairfax, Virginia (Outdoors)
Location: Fairfax, Virginia (Outdoors)
Location: Fairfax, Virginia (Outdoors)
Location: Swallow Falls (And Muddy Creek Falls), Maryland | May, 2023
Location: Swallow Falls (And Muddy Creek Falls), Maryland | May, 2023
Location: Tennessee
Date: 2012-01-30
Partridgeberry makes a good terrarium or bowl plant
Photo by sedumzz
Location: Cranesville Swamp Natural Area, West Virginia | May, 2023
Location: Fairfax, VA | June, 2022
Date: 2022-06-07

Courtesy Gardens in the Wood of Grassy Creek
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Location: Skaneateles Conservation Area
photo credit: R. A. Nonenmacher
Location: Alpine Lake, West Virginia | May, 2023
Location: Vienna, VA
Date: 2018-05-30
Location: My garden in N E Pa. 
Date: 2014-02-23
Location: Vienna, VA
Date: 2018-06-04
Location: zone 8/9 Lake City, Fl.
Date: 2011-12-17
Location: Fairfax, Virginia (Outdoors)
Location: zone 8/9 Lake City, Fl.
Date: 2011-12-17
Location: Fairfax, Virginia (Outdoors)
Photo by sedumzz

Photo Courtesy of Lazy S'S Farm Nursery.
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Location: Home
Date: 2012-01-24
Location: zone 8/9 Lake City, Fl.
Date: 2012-01-28
roots
Location: zone 8/9 Lake City, Fl.
Date: 2012-01-28
tiny, tiny bud
Location: zone 8/9 Lake City, Fl.
Date: 2012-01-28
observe the paired flowers
Location: Skaneateles Conservation Area
photo credit: R. A. Nonenmacher
Location: zone 8/9 Lake City, Fl.
Date: 2011-12-17
Location: zone 8/9 Lake City, Fl.
Date: 2011-12-17
underside of leaves
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Comments:
  • Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Jan 22, 2018 7:17 PM concerning plant:
    A wonderful, low, pretty, native groundcover that grows in shady sites in moist, acid soil usually with a good amount of organic matter. I've seen it here and there in spots in the woods of eastern Pennsylvania.
  • Posted by flaflwrgrl (North Fl. - Zone 8b) on Dec 18, 2011 7:37 PM concerning plant:
    Partridge berry occurs in the eastern half of the US & Canada. It grows in acid soil such as under Oak trees. It prefers moisture but grows under a wide variety of soils & conditions.
    It's flowers are produced in pairs. The ovaries of the twin flowers join so that each pair of flowers forms one berry. There are 2 bright red spots on each berry which are the result of the twin flowers. The fruits are a small 1/2" or less drupe & they contain 8 seeds. Fruit ripens July through October & can persist through the winter. The fruit is eaten by Ruffed Grouse, Sharp-tailed Grouse, Quail, and Wild turkey as well as white footed mice, skunks, & foxes. White tailed deer like to eat the foliage.
    The stems of Partridgeberry root when they come in contact with the soil. So layering is likely the best method of propagation.
    This pretty, dainty plant would look lovely in a hanging basket.
  • Posted by SongofJoy (Clarksville, TN - Zone 6b) on Feb 4, 2012 3:44 PM concerning plant:
    I'm using this plant in a modified glass bowl terriarium. Its small leaf size and prostrate habit work well in that application. It also flowers and produces red berries. The berries are edible but rather tasteless with a faint wintergreen flavor.





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