Beekeeping, Gardening and Quilting in Eastern Wake County, North Carolina

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Beautyberry Bush (Callicarpa)

American Beautyberry bushes are native to the southeastern United States. They grow quite well in our area and one bush will give you many, many more in a short period of time - seed dropping by the birds - you don't have to do anything.

They have been found to be a natural insect repellent to the mosquitos which carry yellow fever and malaria, as well as the tick which carries Lyme disease.

And you can make wine and jelly from the berries.

The berries are at their prettiest right now - these bushes are some of several I have in the yard. The birds will not eat them until all other sources of food are gone.