Wednesday, November 7, 2007
This very unique-looking plant is known as "Strawberry Bush," "Bursting Hearts," or, my favorite, "Hearts-a-bustin'." An inconspicuous, shade-loving shrub most of the year, this plant really commands attention in the fall with these brightly colored fruit clusters -- a favorite food for deer, poisonous to us humans. Click here and here for more info. The plant above was found at Sycamore Shoals State Park in Elizabethton, TN -- I've also seen it at Limestone Cove outside of Unicoi, TN. I'm sure it's one of those plants that are fairly common, but it's only when the fruit opens and turns bright red that it's burstin' heart will tell on you.