Fiery Little Lanterns

“In all the world, no rarer treat than the lantern light of Bittersweet.”

As much a symbol of autumn in America as pumpkins and indian corn, American Bittersweet is in need of caring stewards who will offer it a home and salvation. Rather than search high and low for it in the wild, make a place for it on your own homestead. In doing so, you’ll help save an endangered native species.

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  1. Joan says:

    Thank you, Shery for the Bittersweet information. Just the other day I was saying how I wanted more Fall colors in my gardens – I have a front porch railing that NEEDS some interest and I wouldn’t have to cut it to use it – going to look into that for sure. As always a great time was had while you shared yourself. God Bless

  2. Diann says:

    Great information! Thanks so much. I have two true bittersweets that I nurture all year so I can add those lovely branches to my fall arrangements. Again, thanks for the information.

  3. Colette says:

    This vine is surely a beauty! What a beautiful fall addition to ones own beloved garden, looks like I am going to have to find a resource so I can plant a "couple" in my own garden!
    Thanks for the sharing !

  4. angie says:

    This is wonderful information! If anyone finds out where we can get seeds from please let me know, I would love to plant this, I have creeks and brush winding through my property in BC , and it will make such lovely wreaths! Too bad we couldnt locate seeds and share some amoungst us farmgirl sisters! I will see what I can find…
    Thank you~

  5. bonnie ellis says:

    Shery: We have American Bittersweet in our back yard against the fence. We were in a drought this summer and we had about 6 berries. But when it does produce, it is really beautiful. Also I think of autumn when my chinese lanterns bloom. If you would like some I have lots of seeds to share. Thanks for the beautiful pictures.


    Hi Bonnie! Oh you lucky goil … … to have chinese lanterns! I love them. I planted seeds this past spring, but I didn’t get anything 🙁 Is there a secret to them??   Shery

  6. Cyndi says:

    Great information and thanks for sharing it Shery! I always love to read your blog!
    Smiles, Cyndi

  7. Jan says:

    Hi Shery, Your bittersweet wreaths are sooo pretty! Thanks for all of the information! Fall is my favorite time of the year, sure wish it would last longer. What a pretty picture of you and your little sis. BTW I just looked at your last post and loved all of the beautiful pictures. Your Ribbon is quite a beauty!
    I always look forward to you posts!
    Happy Fall!!


    Thanks Jan for stopping by and for the kind comments 🙂

  8. Ursula Quinlan says:

    I live in California, can I grow Bittersweet here?
    I am from Germany, and when I saw the pictures, it reminds me of home, kinder, gentler good old days, with parents and grandparents, now long gone – but never far away, in my heart.

    I do want to grow this plant. Thanks so much for your blog, and for sharing.


    Hi Ursula, I don’t know, but, all the info I came across claims that it is easy to grow. It does like moisture and decent soil…neither of which I can provide naturally. That is why I’m going to plant it along my garden fence and hope for the best.  Shery

  9. Sarah says:

    Thank you Sherry for identifying the true Bittersweet for me! We found some near our property the other day, and the multi-colored berries were so lovely. My son almost ate them, but I reminded him that the rule for foraging is if we don’t know what it is, we couldn’t eat it. So thanks! Now we know!

  10. Sandy Patzman says:

    What a fabulous article. I want to grow American Bittersweet but do not know how to obtain seeds or the plants. Can you help me?
    Sandy Patzman
    Lakeville, Minnesota 55044

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