While I was at the Naval Live Oaks area yesterday, I hiked one of the nature trails...
and discovered the woods were full of American Beautyberry bushes.
I love the unusual violet-color of the berries on this ornamental plant. I discovered this plant for the first time a year or two ago at the Naval Air Station, near the Pensacola lighthouse.
I discovered that they fall into the mint family and the crushed leaves were used as a folk remedy to repel mosquitoes, ticks and ants. American Beautyberry plants are also known as French Mulberry.
You might enjoy exploring some of the nature trails at Naval Live Oaks yourself while the American Beautyberry plants are at their most showy. Naval Live Oaks is located just east of Gulf Breeze Proper on the south side of Highway 98.