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Bloodberry is an erect, vine-like herb, reaching a height of 0.4–2 m. The leaves of this evergreen perennial are up to 15 cm wide and 9 cm, with a petiole 1–11 cm in length. Flowers are on racemes 4–15 cm long with a peduncle 1–5 cm in length and pedicels 2–8 mm long. Sepals are 1.5–3.5 mm in length and white or green to pink or purplish. The fruit is a glossy, bright red berry 2.5–5 mm in diameter.
It can be found in forests, thickets, shell middens, hammocks, roadsides, and disturbed areas at elevations from sea level to 1,700 m. It requires less than partial sun and is tolerant of full shade. It is also tolerant of salt spray and saline soils.
Native to the America..