It consists of a two species of glabrous or puberulous, creeping, rhizomatous herbs with white axillary flowers with funnel-shaped corollas. They prefer mildly acidic soils, growing in woods near pines, hemlock or mossy hummocks.
The fruits of Mitchella repens, known as partridge berries, are eaten in some places. In Newfoundland, jam is made of a mixture of apples and partridge berries.
- Mitchella repens L. - Partridge Berry - from eastern Canada to Guatemala
- Mitchella undulata Siebold & Zucc. - China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan
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