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Rivina humilis
@ Juniper Level Botanic Gdn, NC

Rivina humilis

Pigeonberry

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Item #: 9143

Zones: 7b to 10b

Height: 12" tall

Culture: Part Sun to Light Shade

Origin: United States

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L) ?


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This cute, but truly odd, native groundcover member of the pokeberry family hails from Florida west to Arizona, where it can be found on moist, but well-drained soils in both light shade to part sun. In our trials, it has formed a 1' tall x 3' wide, salt-tolerant, deciduous groundcover of green leaves topped with short stalks of pink flowers that quickly change to tiny clusters of red fruit. Rivina is a favorite of numerous birds, butterflies, and mixed container designers. Rivina is also used in the Southwest as a red dye since it contains the pigment rivianin...a pigment similar to that in beets. If your soil gets too dry, pigeonberry will go dormant and re-emerge when rain arrives.