Friday, September 25, 2009

Berry interesting!

I haven't a clue what these are - the colors caught the corner of my eye a few days ago. They look like candy or tiny little Earths or purple fruit. I'll have to research and see what I can find out about them. First, though, I have to identify them!

Update: thanks to Jacki for identifying them as porcelain berries! Here's a blurb I found online:

Porcelain-berry was originally cultivated around the 1870s as a bedding and landscape plant. In spite of its aggressiveness in some areas, it is still used in the horticultural trade (for example, the ornamental A. brevipedunculata 'Elegans' is often recommended as a landscape plant with a cautionary note that "care must be taken to keep it from overtaking and shading out small plants"). The same characteristics that make porcelain-berry a desirable plant for the garden -- its colorful berries, good ground coverage, trellis-climbing vines, pest-resistance, and tolerance of adverse conditions -- are responsible for its presence in the United States as an undesirable invader.


Blueberries as big as the end of your thumb,

Real sky-blue, and heavy, and ready to drum

In the cavernous pail of the first one to come!

And all ripe together, not some of them green

And some of them ripe! You ought to have seen!

~Robert Frost~

Imagine is from here.


Donna said...

Looks like pokeweed -- don't eat the berries!

Delphyne said...

I don't know - I've seen pokeweed berries and even have some pictures. I've only seen those deep purple red berries, not the blue ones. I'll have to go back and get another look. I was focusing only on the color of the berries, specifically that blue, and not the entire plant.

Shelly said...

Pretty, pretty blue!

Jacki said...

Finally remembered - they're porcelain berries!

Anonymous said...

Right! I was fooled by the red stem and leaves in the background!

Donna said...

Oops-- I'm anonymous!

Delphyne said...

The 7 YOW used her magic powers and knew it was you!!