Calycanthus floridus L. - Sweet Shrub, Spicebush
Family - Calycanthaceae
Flowering - March - June.
Habitat - Bluffs, floodplains, deciduous forests, stream banks, low woods, rich wooded slopes.
Origin - Native to North America.
Other information - This popular species can be found mainly in eastern Alabama. This ia an easy species to identify when flowering becasue of its big, red flowers. The stems and leaves of the shrubs have a pleasing strawberry-like odor when crushed. The plant is certainly worthy of cultivation.
Photographs taken in Linville, NC., 5-11-03, and in Auburn, AL., 4-16-05.