partridgeberry


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partridgeberry:

see maddermadder,
common name for the Rubiaceae, a family of chiefly tropical and subtropical trees, shrubs, and herbs, especially abundant in N South America. The family is important economically for several tropical crops, e.g., coffee, quinine, and ipecac, and for many ornamentals, e.g.
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squaw vine

squaw vine

A plant for women. Creeping, non-climbing vine (stays on ground) with paired rounded leaves and paired white fuzzy trumpet-shaped flowers which act as ovaries. Red berries have two small indents and contain up to 8 seeds. Flowers and berries used for menstrual problems and childbirth. Strengthens and relieves congestion of uterus and ovaries, helps prevent miscarriage. Antiseptic for vaginal infections. Calms nerves. Can be used as wash for sore nipples.
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Another example of the widespread popularity of partridgeberries was Tire Hortons partridgeberry muffin, frequently rnentioned in vernacular travelogues.
The bakeapple and the partridgeberry are more often employed in a symbolic fashion, however.
The partridgeberry is also harvested in Nova Scotia and Saskatchewan.
Partridgeberry transplants easily and grows quickly, making it useful as a pretty evergreen native ground cover in the shade.
Wildflowers include common wood sorrel (Oxalis montana), goldthread (Coptis groenlandica), and partridgeberry (Mitchella repens).