Plant of the Week

by Joanne Mercille

Birds love the red fruit of this plant.

Fowl Berry; Blood Berry / Rivina humilis
PHYTOLACCACEAE

Height: 18 inches x 12 inches
Growth habit: Rounded, full form, evergreen leaves with ever-blooming blossoms
Flowers: White or pink flowers on a long spike bearing bright red berries
Soil requirement: Good loamy soil for healthy plants
Light requirements: Part shade
Nature attracting: Birds

DISTRIBUTION
It is found in the southern part of North America, down through Central America and the Caribbean to tropical South America.

DESCRIPTION
Fowl Berry is a perennial herb with medicinal properties, although the fruits and leaves are toxic.
Horticulture potential: This little plant has excellent horticultural potential, adding colour to any garden. It is very hardy and birds love the berries.

Bio – Joanne Mercille
Mercille has called Grand Cayman home since 1997 and she has a keen interest in local flora. She is curator for the National Trust Herbarium and has created an online database for public viewing of the physical herbarium. She is also webmaster for www.caymanflora.org and owns Caribbean Blooms – a native plant nursery. She is an avid gardener and member of the Garden Club of Grand Cayman.

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