Have you heard of the Beautyberry? It’s also called American Bayberry or French Mulberry. Maybe you know it as Callicarpa Americana. Still doesn’t ring a bell? Even if you don’t know the name, you may recognize the plant. This beautiful shrub has pink and lavender flowers in Spring which turn into brightly colored, fragrant berries starting in Fall. We found this beauty in our new yard.
The Beautyberry is not just a pretty face. This lovely specimen is also a not-so-secret weapon – this baby has natural pest repelling properties! Back in the day, the leaves were used to help biting insects away from mules on the job. Studies during 2006-2008 prove the plant extracts are as effective as DEET against mosquitoes, kept black-legged ticks away for three hours, and repels fire ants. Impressive! (Thanks to Mother Earth News for sharing that bit of info.)
Birds love the berries and deer love the foliage. That could explain why we have some many deer sightings just outside our door.
This is just another neat thing about living down south. We have longer planting seasons and many plants that hold their leaves and color all year.
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