Sunday, September 23, 2007

Outside My Office Door

Under tall pines and tangled with palms and muscadine vines, an American beautyberry bears fruit. The beautyberry's scientific name is Callicarpa americana. Birds enjoy the berries straight off the bush, but people make jellies and jams.

Pretty, but not welcome in these parts, is the Caesarweed (Urena lobata). It looks fairly quiet, but it's an invasive exotic plant, considered a noxious weed.

Additional reading:

Atlas of Florida Vascular Plants
50 Common Native Plants Important in Florida's Ethnobotoanical History


  1. Anonymous4:43 PM

    Hi Lucy!
    I saw some of those purple berries at the new Huntington greenhouse the other day.

    They built a whole microclimate to grow your um, ......weeds?



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