Tag Archives: Callicarpa americana

SHRUB: Callicarpa americana (American Beauty-berry)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic Lavender flower clusters appear on new growth on this shrub from June to August, followed by clusters of fruit in show-stopping magenta in autumn. In the Mid-Atlantic Region, American Beauty-berry is reported to … Continue reading

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Word of the Week: Cyme

Critical to the definition of a cyme is understanding that there are multiple flowers in the cluster, but the first one to open in the center is at the end of the main axis (peduncle or inflorescence stalk), and the others that bloom after it are from lateral buds coming off the peduncle. Continue reading

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Word of the Week: Nutlet

You would probably not be surprised to hear that a nutlet is a small nut, but it also refers to the fruit or part of the fruit of species like native Cephalanthus occidentalis (buttonbush) as well as certain members of the Boraginaceae (borage family), Lamiaceae (mint or sage family), or Verbenaceae (verbena or vervain family). Continue reading

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Landscape for Wildlife: A New MGNV Facebook Series

In 2021, Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia will introduce Landscape for Wildlife, a new series of educational posts on Facebook which will run weekly on Thursday mornings starting Jan. 7. Landscape for Wildlife will focus on the services that native species can provide to endangered pollinators, birds, small mammals, and other wildlife when homeowners include them in residential landscapes. Continue reading

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