A perennial creeping dogwood, like its common name says, with leaves in whorls of 4 or 6, and typical small flower clusters that are surrounded by 4 large, white petal-like bracts. The fruit is an attractive red globe-shaped drupe, persistent and edible although we should leave it for the wildlife; birds are consuming the fruits during the fall migration.
One of the most beautiful groundcover plant (in my opinion), for shady, moist areas of the garden. Not easy to propagate from seed though, therefore is quite a rarity. Such a pity!
Folklore: Aboriginal people chewed the fruit as a possible cure for insanity.
Germination: difficult, requires alternating cycles of warm-cold-warm periods. Probably best if sown outdoors in a corner of the woodland garden (shade, moist) and let nature take its course.