All along the bike path is porcelain-berry, one of the most beautiful invasive vines in our area. The plant’s berries come in shades of blue not normally found in plant life. They look like hard candy or gum balls that turn tongues blue.
The Plant Conservation Alliance (PCA) Alien Plant Working Group has labeled it LEAST WANTED.
Originally from Northeast Asia, porcelain-berry was cultivated in the US around the 1870s as a bedding and landscape plant.
The PCA says, “The same characteristics that make porcelain-berry a desirable plant for the garden — its colorful berries, pest resistance, and tolerance of adverse conditions — are responsible for its presence in the United States as an undesirable invader.”
I was inspired to make this pair of fairies to match the berry colors.
I love these precious little people. Your work is mind blowing! Thanks for sharing.
Those are the most wonderful photos I have ever seen of porcelain-berry. The colors are just amazing and your close-up shots are beautiful. The fairies are adorable.
I stumbled across some porcelain berries in our yard last year and I was enraptured by their gorgeousness!! The colors are just beautiful. I had never heard of them, so I had to rush inside to search online! I took a few pictures, but I couldn’t quite capture their beauty and their variation in tone like you have. The fairies are just the perfect complement! I LOVE your work!
what precious little muffins! i love them and think they, and their photos are just enchanting!
Wow amazing colors in those berries. I am wondering why it is “undesirable!”
Despite its beauty, nothing seams to stop the vine from spreading and it is taking over native plants.
Oh, how unusual! The colors are fantastic! I can’t believe the variations. The dolls are berry-licious!
I love the interesting look of the porcelain berry vine..too bad it is so invasive. It grows all over the place in my neighborhood.
I’ve never heard of this berry. The colors are amazing. Words can’t describe it. Bummer that it’s so unloved.
I had to do a double take on those porcelain berries! beautiful! and equally magical is your Faerie!
I was amazed to hear you say that porcelain berry is invasive. Here in northwestern Washington, I am babying my porcelain berry vine every year just to see a handful of berries! I love your books and I plan to buy one for my granddaughters for Christmas along with all the little do-dads they will need to make little people and fairies