Week 7: The Color Purple

I had never heard of Beautyberries until I moved to Florida and saw them years ago at Oscar Scherer State Park in Sarasota. I loved their shape and deep Color Purple. I found these the end of August on Anna Maria Island. Beautyberries grow four to eight feet tall and wide on deciduous shrubs. They add nice color to an area, and hold on to their berries for a long time because, while edible, birds don’t particularly care for them. Some people pick Beautyberries to make jelly and to use the leaves as insect repellent. American Indians made Beautyberry tea to treat illnesses. As for me, I will continue to enjoy looking at them (and photographing them) when I see them on occasion.