Mitchella repens

partridge berry, twinberry


wildlife plant

Use this link to get more info about this plant from the USF Institute for Systematic Botany

Plant Specifics

Form: flower
Life Span: short-lived perennial
Flower Color: flower color      white
Fruit Color: fruit color      red
Phenology: evergreen
Noted for: Showy flowers, showy fruits, interesting foliage


Recommended Uses: Typically grown as a curiosity. This is a very small plant that acts as a groundcover with the caveat that the plants are very small. Keep it in a natural forested setting or establish in such an area.
Propagation: Seed or division of existing groups of plants.
Availability: Seed, Friends
Light: light requirement  
Moisture Tolerance:
Salt Tolerance: Not salt tolerant
Soil or other substrate: Sand, loam
Soil pH Range: Acid to neutral


wildlife plant  
Birds consume the berries.
Native Habitats: Hammocks, upland hardwood forests, upland mixed forest, seep slopes, second bottom and levees in floodplains.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida

USDA Zones:

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Suitable to grow in:

Other Comments:

This very curious little plant produces two flowers with ovaries that fuse into a single fruit.