PLANT PROFILE

 

NAME: Partridgeberry

LATIN NAME / FAMILY:  Mitchella repens / Rubiaceae

OTHER COMMON NAME(S):

CONDITIONS: dry or moist woods, along stream banks and on sandy slopes (3)
 

PARTS:

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TASTE

RAW/COOK

SEASON

All

 

 

 

 

Shoots

 

 

 

 

Leaves

 

STEEP/TEA

all year

Stalk/Stem

 

 

 

 

Buds

       

Flowers

 

 

 

 

Fruits

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cranberry

RAW/COOK

Summer-Fall

Pods

 

 

   

Seeds

 

 

 

 

Nuts

 

 

 

 

Roots

 

 

 

 

Bark

 

 

 

 

 

PORTION: small

 

COMMENT:  “Trail side nibble, salad garnish, sauces, pies and jams. Use like cranberries. Leaves and berries make herbal teas of various applications.”(2)

 

CAUTION:

 

NUTRITION/MEDICINAL:  Vitamin C (4) “Astringent;  Diuretic;  Hypnotic;  Oxytoxic;  Sedative;  Tonic;  Women's complaints. Partridge berry was commonly used by several native North American Indian tribes as a parturient to hasten childbirth. It was also occasionally used to treat a variety of other complaints including insomnia, rheumatic pain and fluid retention.” (1)

 

LOOK-A-LIKES:  Wintergreen - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wintergreen

 

POISONOUS LOOK-A-LIKES: 

 

OTHER USES: Ground cover for shady areas.

 

SOURCE LINKS (may include nutritional and medicinal info, plus other uses):

  1. https://www.pfaf.org/user/Plant.aspx?LatinName=Mitchella+repens
  2. http://www.eattheweeds.com/partridgeberry-split-personality/
  3. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mitchella_repens
  4. http://www.foragingtexas.com/2008/09/partridgeberrysquawberry.html (good photos)
  5. http://www.ediblewildfood.com/partridgeberry.aspx (good photos)