Beauty-Berry - French Mulberry
Callicarpa americana - Linnaeus
Lamiaceae (Mint or Deadnettle) Family

Beauty-Berry is also known as French Mulberry, Turkey Berry, American Beauty-Berry, Sourbush, Bunchberry and Purple Beauty-Berry.

Plants are herbs that become shrubs. Preferred habitat is roadsides, woods and disturbed areas. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region.

Leaves are opposite or nearly so; consisting of one part; stalked, egg-shaped to broadly lance-like and forming an angle to the left; tapering and pinched but may also appear lop-sided with one side being less than equal to the other. Margins are toothed and the base is wedge-shaped.

Flowers are clustered on slender stalks in the leaf axil; bisexual; divided into two parts, each being the image of the other or nearly symmetrical. Calyx is 5-lobed and the corolla is five-parted; funnel shaped; pink to lavender; four stamens. Flowers occur in early summer.

Fruit is a berry; maturing August-October.

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