Category Archives: Plant portraits

American beautyberry (Callicarpa americana)

During the summer, American beautyberry (Callicarpa americana) blooms with tiny flowers hidden among its leaves. The fertilized flowers develop into small green berries which grow around the leaf axils. These berries gradually turn from green to purple. When fully mature … Continue reading

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Allegheny spurge (Pachysandra procumbens)

Allegheny spurge (Pachysandra procumbens) is a native perennial in the southeastern portion of the United States. During winter, its leaves are mottled with white.  This next image shows the winter leaves along with the bright green spring leaves of new … Continue reading

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Flowering dogwood (Cornus florida)

When Flowering dogwood (Cornus florida) blooms in spring, people stop and take notice. The bright white “petals,” which are actually bracts, surround a cluster of small flowers in the center.  These flowers are only one-quarter inch in diameter and exude … Continue reading

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