Odorous Weed or Welcome Friend?

Give me odorous at sunrise a garden of beautiful flowers where I can walk undisturbed. ~Walt Whitman

American Beautyberry

Callicarpa americana or American beautyberry, a southern U.S. native, makes frequent appearances in coastal gardens. Many gardeners quickly remove these visitors, equating them to troublesome weeds. However, some welcome these natives, finding their large serrated leaves and unusual odor a benefit to their gardens. The magenta colored berries also add color and provide food for wildlife. Learn more about this odorous native shrub at the following websites. NC Extension Gardener Toolbox


Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center