PLANT PROFILE

 

NAME: Beautyberry

LATIN NAME / FAMILY:  Callicarpa Americana / Lamiaceae

OTHER COMMON NAME(S): 

CONDITIONS: sun/shade, moist soil
 

PARTS:

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TASTE

RAW/COOK

SEASON

All

 

 

 

 

Shoots

 

 

 

 

Leaves

       

Stalk/Stem

 

 

 

 

Buds

       

Flowers

 

 

 

 

Fruits

sweet/aromatic

RAW/COOK

summer

Pods

 

 

   

Seeds

 

 

 

 

Nuts

 

 

 

 

Roots

 

 

 

 

Bark

 

 

 

 

 

PORTION: small

 

COMMENT: Fruit - Juicy, sweet, fleshy, slightly aromatic.(1) Fruit makes a great jelly or tea. (2)

 

CAUTION:

 

NUTRITION/MEDICINAL:  The berries can be used to make a tea with antioxidants.(2) A decoction of the root bark has been used as a diuretic. The leaves are a cure for dropsy. A tea made from the roots is used in the treatment of dysentery and stomach aches. A tea made from the roots and berries is used in the treatment of colic. Some native North American Indian tribes used the leaves and roots in sweat baths for the treatment of malaria, rheumatism and fevers.(1)

 

LOOK-A-LIKES:  

 

POISONOUS LOOK-A-LIKES: 

 

OTHER USES: Leaves make an insect repellent.(2)

 

SOURCE LINKS (may include nutritional and medicinal info, plus other uses):

  1. https://www.pfaf.org/user/Plant.aspx?LatinName=Callicarpa+americana   
  2. http://www.eattheweeds.com/beautyberry-jelly-on-a-roll
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Callicarpa_americana  
  4. http://www.foragingtexas.com/2008/09/beautyberry.html (good photos)