(Mitchella undulata)

Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Mitchella undulata
Rubiaceae

Can be used as a ground cover plant in a shady position[188]. Especially good on a peat terrace or in a woodland[200]. Plants form a spreading carpet, rooting along the stems, and are best spaced about 30cm apart each way[208].

  • Medicinal Use

    None known

  • Edible Use

    Fruit. Not very well-flavoured[200].

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – it germinates better if given 3 months cold stratification and so it is best sown as soon as it is ripe in the autumn[113]. Sow stored seed as early in the year as possible. Make sure that all the fruit pulp is removed from the seed because it contains germination inhibitors[113]. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Division of naturally layered stems in the spring[200]. Cuttings.
Requires a moist but well-drained lime-free soil and some shade[11]. Prefers a peaty soil[1, 200], succeeding in neutral to acid soils[200].
E. Asia – Japan, S. Korea.

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