Partridgeberry(Mitchella repens)Watercolor on paper 11 x 14 inches

Partridgeberry (Mitchella repens) is a ground-hugging evergreen subshrub that is native to woodlands of eastern North America. It bears pairs of fragrant, four-lobed white flowers in spring. Its fruit is a bright red, berry-like double drupe that matures in early autumn. The fruit appears to have two “eyes” which are the remains of the calyx teeth of the paired flowers.