Pigeonberry, Rouge plant, Baby peppers
Phytolaccaceae (Pokeweed Family)
Marcus, Joseph A.
Pigeonberry is a perennial herb
about 1 foot tall that grows beneath trees and shrubs. The flowers are about 1/4 inch across, white to pink, growing on the last 2–3 inches of the stems. The fruits are numerous, red and almost translucent, often appearing on the lower part of the stem
while the upper part is still blooming. They are a choice food for many kinds of birds. The leaves are 1–3 inches long and wavy on the edges (248).
Pigeonberry appeals to the eye when it blooms pale pink and bears scarlet fruit
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Leaf Retention: Deciduous Size Notes:
Normally no more than 1.5 feet tall, but can exceed 3 feet. Flower:
Flowers 2 inch flower
Red to orange 2-3.5 mm Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Pink
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct
, TX Native Distribution:
Southern North America from Florida to Arizona, north to Oklahoma and Arkansas, south through Central America and the Caribbean to tropical South America Native Habitat: In
moist or alluvial soils in partial shade. Also in hilly chaparral.
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
Soil Description: Moist and well-drained sand, sandy loam, loam, clay, and calcareous soils.
Conditions Comments: Prefers light shade and moist but well drained soil. Without supplemental water in summer, it may go dormant.
layer plant, decorative fruit
and flowers Use Wildlife:
Fruit-birds Use Other:
The red fruits have been used for cosmetics, hence the name Rouge Plant. Warning:
Caution: the fruit
and leaves are toxic if ingested. Conspicuous Flowers:
Birds Deer Resistant: