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Partridge Berry-Mitchella repens Hardy Planting Zones- 4-9 Sun or Shade – Partial or Full Shade Mature Height - 2-4" Mature Width- 12-16" Bloom Season – Spring to Summer (May-July) Gardener Status- Beginner

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Squawroot - Conopholis Americana

A unique plant that looks like a pinecone, squawroot grows near oak trees, gathering nutrients from its roots for three years. In the fourth year, it sends up a white stalk with brown scales which can reach a foot in height. Tubular flowers are revealed in summer. It is indifferent to levels of light, and needs soil that is well-drained and fairly loose.


'Squaw Root' in this case does not refer to the common name of various Cohosh plants, but instead for the attractive tuber which grows out of the ground resembling a yellow pinecone or ear of corn. Cohosh is native to the eastern half of North America and has traditionally been used as an herbal treatment for various ailments. The binomial name is Mitchella repens. The Partridgeberry has shiny green leaves that produce trumpet-shaped tiny flowers with white petals. This is where the berries grow; they are bright red. The Partridgeberry ripens between July and October, and only a small amount of seeds is produced. The blooming season for this berry is during the summer months. The Partridgeberry consist mainly of foliage. This type of berry is not highly recommended for the garden or home use, but some gardeners use this plant for a year-round type of decoration for their landscape. Partridgeberry is eaten by several species of birds, foxes, mice, and skunks. The Partridgeberry goes by several names: two-eyed berry, squawvine, twinflower, teaberry, running box, etc., just to name few.Also this plant is edible, but it is not very tasty, it is very bland. These berries are found in northern and southern parts of the USA. The leading growers of this type of berry are Nova Scotia and Florida. The evergreen plant is used for many medicinal purposes from cramps to digestive remedies. These plants can be used for foliage decorations or a treat for birds, but as for a Partridgeberry pie, not very likely.


USDA Climate Zone – Zone 4-9
Tree Height – 2 -4 inches tall (5cm-10cm); stem – 15cm – 30cm long
Soil Type – Sandy/Moist
Sun – heavy shaded locations/dry



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