Easy to understand this name


Callicarpa (American Beautyberry) at the Duke Gardens, in the Blomquist native plant garden. And you can use your cell to get a detailed narrative.

Easy to understand this name

Previous articleDeer repellant that’s good enough to eat
Next articleHow Writers Grow
Elizabeth Licata

Elizabeth Licata has been a regular writer for  Garden Rant since 2007, after contributing a guest rant about the overuse of American flags in front gardens. She lives and gardens in Buffalo, N.Y., which, far from the frozen wasteland many assume it to be, is a lush paradise of gardens, historic architecture, galleries, museums, theaters, and fun. As editor of Buffalo Spree magazine,  Licata helps keep Western New Yorkers apprised about what is happening in their region. She is also a freelance writer and art curator, who’s been published in Fine Gardening, Horticulture, ArtNews, Art in America, the Village Voice, and many other publications. She does regularly radio segments for the local NPR affiliate, WBFO.

Licata is involved with Garden Walk Buffalo, the largest free garden tour in the US and possibly the world,and has written the text for a book about Garden Walk. She has also written and edited several art-related books. Contact Elizabeth: ealicata at yahoo.com


  1. I admired these at Biltmore in NC last year, but had no plans to plant any.

    Lo and behold, a summer of traveling (and leaving my garden with my father-in-law) allowed a couple of “weeds” to get really big. And one turned out to be…American Beautyberry. Happy times.

  2. My friend’s mom gave me a beautyberry start three summers ago. This summer, it grew to be a whopping 8 inches tall. My husband wants to rip it out, but I keep telling him that it ain’t dead if it’s green and to keep his mitts off of it!
    Someday my little beautyberry will grow up big and strong like these, right?

  3. Here in Florida you can find them growing wild all over,(American Beautyberry) as far as “natives” go (meaning Florida natives) I like “Stachystarpheta jamaicensis” aka Porterweed comes in purple, red, blue and coral butterflies and bees find it very attractive and the way it grows looks kinda cool.

  4. I planted mine 2 years ago here in Minnesota, I have yet to see purple berries on my shrub! Although, this year I have some green berries, I’m hoping they turn purple soon!

Comments are closed.