Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Wild berry clusters


These pretty shrubs grow into huge bushes out in the woods. I'm pretty sure the berries are NOT edible. Can anyone identify?

7 comments:

Rambling Round said...

Don't know that I've seen those, but they are pretty.

Virginia said...

Not a berry expert but they sure are pretty!

Tanya said...

They are pretty but I don't know what they are. I bet Rambling from Selma would know!
We have messy ol Poke Berries everywhere.

Boise Diva said...

They're too pretty to eat.

TOG said...

It's American beautyberry, what we call it and the books call it Callicarpa americana. It will grow in south Florida. I know that it is wild in Atlanta, but I'm not sure how far north that you can find in the woods.

D said...

Thanks tog! I looked it up.
American Beautyberry - traditionally used by Native Americans for medicinal purposes. It is a natural insect repellent. Its berries can be used to make jelly and wine, and are an important food source for birds. The blossoms before the berries are really beautiful too. I'll have to remember to take a picture next spring.
So, now we know!

Tanya said...

Now after having a second look at yours, they are a bit different than the ones I noticed in my yard today. I'll have to take a pic and compare the two!