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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

I want some American Beautyberry bushes in my yard!!!

I found a plant while driving yesterday. I stopped to take cuttings. After reading about it online, the berries are wonderful bird attractors, and they love to eat them. The berries are not harmful to humans or pets, and some people claim to make jam with them. You can rub the leaves between your hands, then rub your skin for a natural mosquito repellant!!!!! The plants are drought tolerant, and love nutrient poor soil!!!

In south Florida we basically have sand for soil, so this thing is a God send!!!!!

I am trying to get them rooted in water. I read that the seeds are hard to get going. Wish me luck.....I feel fairly determined at this point. Am also checking local plant nurseries who specialize in native plants.





14 comments:

Lisa at Greenbow said...

I have this plant in my garden. I wonder if yours is the same one. One of mine has seeded itself. Maybe you can get it to grow from seed. If you weren't so far away I would send you this seedling. It is bigger than a seedling actually. It is two years old. It had a few berries this year.

Julie said...

Lisa- Oh, I hope I can get mine gowing!!! I would like to see a picture of yours one day!!!

shirley said...

Isn't this a pretty plant. I am sure with your green fingers Julie you be successful.

Carla said...

Fantastic color!
Good luck!

Bobbie Lynn said...

Oh my Gosh, That is one beautiful berry there. What a beautiful purple color. That is God sent and hope you can root it too. It really looks fake but I know its not. What a great find.
Blessings.
Bobbie Lynn

eli said...

I have several of these and they are a "must-have" for anyone who gardens for the birds. Mockingbirds will spend all morning coming and going picking at the seeds. They are readily available up here (central FL) in any native nursery. I haven't tried growing from cuttings or seeds so I'm afraid I can't offer any advice there. But once established they are very hardy . . . and very beautiful!

The Curious Holts said...

Oh, Julie, we were JUST talking about BB and what a wonderful plant it is. Mine likes the shade and the berries...just gorgeous. If you can find a silvery plant to put up next to it...pow! The birds will love you!

Teri Casper said...

We have these in Wisconsin also. I've only seen wild ones though. It is a beauty.
Hugs

Serena Lewis said...

Grow, roots, GROW!!! What beautiful purple berries! Good luck, Julie! xx

Pokeberry Mary said...

Those are cool! I think we had them someplace along the road... can't remember which place. LOL.

marianne said...

Beautiful! I have seen them here too at occasions and they nearly look like painted stereo foam bubbles :)Good luck with getting them to root!!
♥M

Julie said...

Thanks Carla!!!

Dewdrop Gardens said...

Those berries are huge! And such a gorgeous purple colour. No wonder you want it in your yard. Good luck, Julie, but I'm sure you won't need it.
Debbie :)

JennyPennyPoppy said...

Wow - I've never heard or seen this plant before. Looks so beautiful and what a wonderful colour!