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Partridgeberry
Mitchella repens

• Family: Madder (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

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Mitchella repens
Mitchella repens
The petals are covered with fine hairs.
Mitchella repens
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.

Last updated November 13, 2005. © 2005 Connecticut Botanical Society. All rights reserved.