Photograph of the native American Beautyberry berries
Along with all of the other native plants on the mountain comes the American Beautyberry. It can be found in the open areas along the tree line. This time of year the clusters of purple berries are at peak color and nearly ready for the birds and deer to start eating them. The berries can be eaten raw, they are sweet and suitable for human consumption but I sure wouldn’t eat many of them as they are astringent. The chemical substance that will shrink or contrict boby tissue.
The purple color is so brilliant and beautiful!