Partridge Berry - Mitchella repens (Bedstraw family - Rubiaceae)

 

Partridge Berry - Mitchella repens (Bedstraw family - Rubiaceae) The flowers always occur in pairs and when the fruit develops it fuses to form a single red berry with two scars; hence another common name, Two-eyed Berry. The berries persist and the leaves are evergreen, so the plant is often gathered during the winter holidays and used in small terrariums called Partridgeberry bowls. As a result, the plant is now on conservation lists.

 

 

 

As a result, the plant is now on conservation lists. Frequent doses of a tea prepared from the leaves were taken by pregnant Native American women to speed childbirth; hence another common name, Squawberry. Until as recently as 1947, this use of the plant was officially recognized by the medical profession. White or lavender. A small plant; 5 - 10 in. Dry soil.

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