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Beautyberry

 

Beautyberry

 

Beautyberry

Callicarpa americana

Beautyberry is a multibranched deciduous shrub. The leaves are opposite and simple, and both sides are covered with star-shaped hairs. The young stems also have star-shaped hairs. The leaves are aromatic when bruised. The small flowers are pink and followed by densely clustered, magenta-colored berries along the branch. 

Wildlife – A favorite food of the mockingbird.

Favored among the eastern Indian tribes as a ceremonial plant and as a tea used in sweat-bath rituals. Also popular as a Southern folk remedy: The berries, roots, and leaves are steeped in a tea to treat dropsy, skin disorders, stomach disorders, and colic.