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Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
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
Flower Color: White
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Late summer or early 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

This was growing on the bank of Lake James.

Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Jan 22, 2018 7:17 PM

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.

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Posted by flaflwrgrl (North Fl. - Zone 8b) on Dec 18, 2011 7:37 PM

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.

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Posted by SongofJoy (Clarksville, TN - Zone 6b) on Feb 4, 2012 3:44 PM

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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