Callicarpa americana [Lamiaceae]

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Scientific Name Callicarpa americana USDA PLANTS Symbol
Common Name American Beautyberry ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
Family Lamiaceae (Mint) Wildflower Center Ref.
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Description Habitat: Moist areas in woods under open pine canopies, thickets, roadsides, and fence rows; pioneer species, tolerant of fire.
Plant: Perennial shrub five to eight feet tall and almost as wide; drooping branches; slender, gray to reddish brown stems.
Leaves: Opposite, ovate to elliptic leaves, 3 to 8 inches long; petioles 3/8 to 1-3/8 inches long; toothed edges; young leaves with small hairs, upper surfaces becoming smooth later.
Inflorescence: Dense clusters of small white/pink blossoms leaf axils; clusters usually not exceeding the leaf petioles; 5 petals united for 1/2 to 2/3 their length; yellow anthers with stamens extending beyond petals.
Fruit: Showy clusters, distinctly colored-pink to lavender to purple, rarely white; berrylike, about 1/4 inch diameter, lasting after the leaves have fallen.
Bloom Period: May to July.
References: USDA, www.wildflower.org, Florida State College-Jacksonville/David Byres, and "Wildflowers of the Texas Hill Country" by Marshall Enquist.
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