Callicarpa americana or "American Beautyberry". It’s generally unpleasant to humans and very astringent; an important food source for wild birds. In folk medicine, it has been used in the treatment of hepatitis, rheumatism, fever, headache, indigestion, and other ailments. It's fruit has mosquito repellant, antialgal, antifungal and phytotoxic properties.
Casey KeenerOctober 31, 2021 at 8:48pm
Thank you so much!
Louis MagnificoApril 5, 2022 at 12:40pm
Actually, they are indeed edible for humans. They have been used for many, many years to make jams and jellies, mainly. We have some in our freezer right now!
Beth PowellAugust 7, 2022 at 12:37pm
This is American Beautyberry! The berries make a wonderful jam.