Bunchberry

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Bunchberry Dogwood, Dwarf Cornel, Pigeon Berry

Bunchberry is a low plant (4-8 in) that usually grows in a thick carpet due to its creeping underground stems. The prominently veined evergreen leaves circle the stem. The small green flowers at the centre of four white petal-like bracts (.5-1 in) develop into a tight cluster of scarlet-red berries in August.

Bunchberry belongs to the same plant family as Pacific Dogwood and has similar leaves and flowers. It is common in shady, cool, moist woodlands, especially coniferous forests.

Did you know? Bunchberry attracts butterflies, and the berries are much appreciated by wildlife.

See Also: Bog Rosemary