Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Beautyberry progression

The Beautyberry (Callicarpa americana) was fantastic last fall. This year I was able to figure out what the bushes were when they first bloomed.

The blooms appear along the stems in bunches.



They're in this green-berry stage a LONG time.



Finally the berries are ripe, and flower arrangers everywhere rejoice.



But this year we had such a dry September that I had a hard time finding any decent berries to photograph. Everything's so droopy.

The scientific name Callicarpa comes from the Greek words kallos (beautiful) and karpos (fruit).

Other words using this root include:
calligraphy (beautiful writing),
calliope (beautiful voice)
and callipygian (having a shapely butt).

12 comments:

pablo said...

nature AND etymology. That's why you're the Queen of the Blogs!

Nice pix, too.

Katie said...

Beautiful photos!

Floridacracker said...

Wonderful progression of one of my favorite natives. No need for me to post mine, they can't compare. I love this plant for it's beauty and it's toughness. You can whack it down to the ground and it springs back.

Rexroth's Daughter said...

I've never seen a berry quite that color before. Wow, stunning. And, I didn't know there was a word like callipygian!

Jenn said...

"pablo said: nature AND etymology"

Ditto that! Keep up the good work!

Marie said...

Before my daughter's cross country team runs a race, they gather together and yell, "callipygious!"
Sigh. I guess we are all on a quest for the perfect bum.
By the way, beautiful berries. We don't have those up here.

happyandblue2 said...

Can you eat these berries..

Ontario Wanderer said...

Wow! A new plant, new flowers, new berries, new vocabulary, and my day is off to a great start. Thanks!

Rurality said...

Thanks y'all. Yep the berries really are that color.

RD I wasn't familiar with it either, until I went looking for the latin name of the plant!

Marie LOL!

H&B2, I was all ready to say, "no," but checked the internets, and it says yes. But apparently they are not very tasty, even to birds.

Trix said...

Wow! What color! Never seen these before... they're beautiful!

fred said...

I remembered the berries from 'bama, but I don't know that I ever saw it in flower. You've broadened my horizons. Again! Thanks...

Rurality said...

Fred I don't think I ever noticed it blooming before this year. It's not that obvious unless you're looking for it!