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Connecticut Plants
Partridgeberry
Mitchella repens L.
  • Family: bedstraw (Rubiaceae)
  • Habitat: woods, especially near pines or hemlocks
  • Height: 2 inches
  • Flower size: 1/2 to 3/4 inch long
  • Flower color: pale pink or white
  • Flowering time: June to July
  • Origin: native
Mitchella repens L.
Mitchella repens L.

The petals are covered with fine hairs.

Mitchella repens L.

Partridgeberry flowers occur in pairs. After fertilization, the two flower ovaries fuse, giving rise to a single red fruit. The two dimples on the fruit reveal its fused nature.