Work of Art

This past spring I planted an American beautyberry (Callicarpa americana) in my yard. This native species is a boon to wildlife; the thick shrubbery provides protection from predators, the tiny flowers are a nectar source for pollinators, and the magenta fruits are favored by birds.

This afternoon my driveway provided me with evidence of the latter. It’s such a pretty color, makes me wonder if I could use the berries as a dye.

Categories: Observations


  1. You’ll never know if you can use them as a dye… if you don’t try! Give it a go and give us a show.


  2. How pretty! Bet you could use the fruit as a dye, but I would not want the poopy berries as a dye. Just Sayin


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