A.k.a. twinberry. A lovely but slow-growing small, woody vine. Partridge berry can be tricky to establish but is an endearing evergreen groundcover that won’t outcompete other delicate shade species. Prefers slightly acidic soil that contains some sand or gravel (think Turkey Run, where they are present trailside). White flowers and red berries are brightly colored, but occur sparsely.
Light: Part Sun/Shade, Shade
Soil Moisture: Wet Mesic, Mesic, Dry Mesic
Soil Type: Loam, Sand, Rocky
Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: May-Jun
Root Type: Fiberous
Notable Wildlife Interactions: Little data available. Flowers are pollinated by bumblebees. Grouse, quail, turkey, mice, chipmunks, skunks, and red fox feed on the berries.
Notes: This species an extensive range in the eastern US (recorded in 35 counties in Indiana), but is frequently overlooked by the casual observer due to its stature and is likely losing habitat as it is slow to reestablish in disturbed areas. It is the only species of its genus native to North America.