A member of the Verbenaceae family, the American Beauty Berry (Callicarpa americana) is a small lanky bush. It can be recognized by its clusters of shiny purple berries growing in the leaf axils in late Summer. In the Spring it can be recognized by its pale pink flowers. Its pointed leaves grow alternately on tall stems. Native of Florida, the Southeastern U.S. and the Caribbean basin, this plant is drought-tolerant and can be seen in scrub areas as well as in moist soils. It can undergo full Sun to partial shade and is a great native adition to Floridian gardens, providing year-round beauty and a food source for birds and other wildlife.