A Bush Called Hearts a Busting
Hearts a Busting-Strawberry Plant
I have lived most of my life here in these beautful mountains called the Blue Ridge and the old saying "There's no place like home" rings ever so true. We have such an abundance of natural hardwoods and pines and this time of year in particular, the mountains come alive with bright colors as fall comes. Early morning fogs creep silently into the early daybreak hours with a heavy blanket which looks like a gigantic blanket covering the low areas of our river valley. The crisp air not yet freezing with nature in perfect harmony.an atmosphere of I enjoy. It is refreshing to get out and hike along familiar trails through the woods. This week as I was working on my property doing a little cleanup I looked at those shrubs and bushes growing under a huge white oak in my back yard and saw one of the most beautiful plants I had never before noticed.
I ask my wife, " that can't be a chinkapen tree?" I knew it wasn't because it the burrs or pods were pink. The shrubs growing under the big white oak stirred my curiosity and I began asking around trying to find out what I was seeing. It didn't take long until a friend of mine who had grown up in the mountains came to my rescue and told me it was a Hearts-a-Busting bush. Sure enough when I Google d the name on my computer, up came a photograph of the plant growing in my back yard.
According to my friend there is no particular medicinal advantages but cautioned me that eating the berries which are orange do have a laxative effect. Since I have small grand kids, I will keep them from that area when they are playing in our yard. Seems they have to try everything from the acorns falling from the oak to the Tommy toes growing in my wife's yard pots. The berries on Hearts a Busting which are orange in color and are not poisonous I am told but still I don't think I want to sample them just to see if he is correct.
We learn something new every day and today I learned about Hearts a Busting shrubs or Strawberry Bush as it is also called. I suppose the latter name is derived because the burr looks much like a ripe strawberry. Deer love to feed on these berries.
Have you ever seen a Hearts-a-Busting shrub?