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Common Name: Bunchberry / Creeping Dogwood
Beautiful groundcover for moist, shady areas
Familiar white, four-bracted flowers face upwards
Red berries in fall attract birds and other wildlife
A dependable northern native
In Alaska it is an important forage plant for deer and moose
Bunchberry is a low-growing perennial that spreads by rhizomes that creep just under the soil surface. The four white "petals" are actually not part of the flower at all they are white bracts. The actual flowers are greenish and held in the center of the bracts. In late summer clusters of vivid red berries replace the flowers for a second season of interest. Birds such as spruce grouse and warbling vireo eat these berries and help to distribute the seeds. Bunchberry can be found growing throughout the northern half of North America, including most of Canada. It is often found in large colonies in areas of dappled shade or along the woods edge.
Height: 6-8 Inches
Spread: 2-3 Feet
USDA Hardiness Zone: 2-6