Holiday plant brings no cheer

Here’s a batch of berries that are turning red just in time for the holiday season.

But make no doubt –

This is one plant (and a bazillion of berries) that illicit no holiday cheer.

Better known as Brazillian Pepper,

Its bushes have an insatiable appetite for sprouting out in every direction, smothering everything in their sight, and spreading across the swamps to their hearts content.

That’s where the berries (literally billions of them) and the birds that spread them factor in.

There’s an old tale here in the preserve about berry-clad Brazillian Pepper stems unwittingly being used as decorative ornaments at the annual holiday gathering.

Those peppers were duly confiscated, and the mistake never repeated.

If it were only so easy in the rest of the swamp!

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