Spice Bush; Calycanthus occidentalis
Late Bloomer. Large shrub, long purplish petals, large flowers, fragrant leaves.
Notes: Sweet-shrub (Strawberry-shrub) family. The genus is from the Greek "calyx" flower, meaning ‘hollow receptacle.’ Deciduous or evergreen, aromatic shrubs. Can grow into small trees. This is a favorite of ladybugs, which may spend the winter packed into the urn-shaped seed pods or, at lower elevations, massed on top of one another in large clumps to stay warm. A good specimen is found at the first bridge of the handicap (left) trail. Prefers moist, shady places. Also called Sweet Shrub.
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Kingdom Plantae -- Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta -- Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta -- Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta -- Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida -- Dicotyledons
Family Calycanthaceae -- Strawberry-shrub family
Genus Calycanthus L. -- sweetshrub P
Species Calycanthus occidentalis Hook. & Arn.
-- western sweetshrub
Spice Bush (Calycanthus occidentalis)