50 Natives : Mississippi : Callicarpa americana (Beautyberry)

I love Callicarpa– I first discovered it used in a wreath that I bought many years ago. The berries are so beautiful, I thought they were fake until I discovered the real plant. The wreath disintegrated after a couple seasons, and I would love to find another. Let me know if you know of one.

Wikipedia describes Callicarpa americana:

American beautyberry or Callicarpa americana has been found to be a natural insect repellent. Four chemicals have been isolated that appear to be the active ingredients; borneol,[1] callicarpenal, intermedeol, and spathulenol. It has found to be repellant to the mosquitoes which carry yellow fever and malaria, as well as the tick which carries Lyme disease. The discovery and use of callicarpenal has been patented by the United States Department of Agriculture Agriculture Research Service.[2] It has also been used to produce wine.

Callicarpa americana - native beautiberry - an excellent plant for the garden
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Callicarpa is such a favorite that I used it as the basis for Greayer Design Associates latest print advertisement. Check it out and let me know what you think.
Greayer Design Associates Fall 2008 Advertisement

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Hi, I'm Rochelle and for 18 years I have worked as a landscape designer, author/writer, and design teacher. I've designed residential and hospitality (for hotels, restaurants, and spas) gardens across the USA and in the UK, Europe and the Middle East. After many years of teaching garden design topics in person, I launched the PITH + VIGOR Boot Camp series in early 2018. Through my blog, social media, and online courses (Garden Design Bootcamp and Planting Design Boot Camp) I aim to help homeowners learn how to confidently design and create home gardens that reflect their own personal and unique style.
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  1. Denna on October 28, 2008 at 2:58 pm

    This is great info to know.

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