On this page - Rouge Plant, Shiny Blueberry, American Beautyberry, Cherokee Bean,
Indigo Bush, Bigflower Pawpaw, Reticulate Pawpaw, Doctorbush
Rouge Plant - Rivina humilis L.
Family - Petiveriaceae
Habitat - Hammocks, ruderal
Description - Native
Florida shrub to near 6
feet, with only the very base being somewhat woody in nature. Leaves are
alternate with distinctly wavy margins.
Flower - Clusters of pinkish-white
flowers on spikes throughout the year, followed by the bright red berries.
Shiny Blueberry - Vaccinium myrsinites
Family - Ericaceae
Habitat - Pinelands, Flatwoods
Description - Native shrub, 1-2 feet high,spreads from rhizomes. Leaves alternate, obovate to elliptic, leathery, 1/4 to 3/4 inches long with entire or finely serrate margins.
Flower - Small urn shaped, pink to white in spring 1/4 inch +/-. Fruit is a small red to black drupe.
American Beautyberry - Callicarpa americana
Family - Verbenaceae
Habitat - Common to
woodlands and hammocks statewide.
Description - Native perennial shrub,
6 to 8 feet tall
Flower - Small lilac flowers in spring
produce clusters of bright violet to purple 1/4 inch drupes.
Cherokee Bean - Erythrina herbacea
Family - Fabaceae
Habitat - Pineland clearings,
Description - Native. Perennial tree, shrub, sub-shrub to 16 feet in height. Leaves 7-8 inches long, alternate, compound with 3 ovate to cordate (arrowhead) shaped leaflets.
Brilliant red tubular flowers in spring & summer, 2 1/2 inches long borne on tall racemes. Fruit is a narrow pod to about 8 inches, constricted around the bright red seeds inside. Flowers attract butterflies & hummingbirds.
Indigo Bush - Amorpha fruticosa
Stream, creek and pond banks, wet flatwoods, floodplains of
rivers, hydric hammocks
Perennial, Deciduous shrub 3-10 feet high. Compound leaves, 4-8
inches long with 11 to 25 ovate to oblong leaflets, highly
variable leaf shape.