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Partridge Berry, Twinberry
|Size:||1-2 inches ft|
|Life Span:||Short-lived perennial|
|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.|
always floodedextremely dry
|(Somewhat moist, no flooding ----- to ----- Not wet but not extremely dry)|
|Moisture Tolerance:||Somewhat moist, no flooding ----- to ----- Not wet but not extremely dry|
|Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:||Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.|
|Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:||Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray|
|Soil or other substrate:||Loam, Sand|
|Soil pH:||Acid to neutral|
Birds and small mammals consume the berries which mature in the fall and are retained through the winter and spring.
Bumblebees pollinate the flowers. Cross-pollination, required for seed set, is controlled by factors that permit germination of pollen from long anthers only on the stigmas of a different flower with a long styles; conversely, pollen from short anthers can germinate only on the stigmas of a different flower with a short styles. (VNPS).
|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
Suitable to grow in:
8A 8B 9A 9B
USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures
|General Comments:||This little plant produces two flowers with ovaries that fuse into a single fruit.|