Sweet Shrub


I wrote one month ago about Calycanthus floridus, known some places as Carolina Allspice, blooming then. It is still blooming; I didn’t realize the bloom time lasted so long. Did I mention the fragrance?


There is a pale cultivar that is popular in collectors’ gardens. I really prefer the old species. The maroon color is unusual and adds to the garden, especially pretty when the oakleaf hydrangeas behind it come into bloom.

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1 Comment

  1. Tom - 7th Street Cottage

     /  May 18, 2009

    I collected seeds from a neighbor’s ancient plant this fall. They were sown and almost all have germinated. I love their fragrance. The one I collected from is just starting to bloom. I drive by slowly every time I pass the fence it grows through just to get a whiff.

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