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
                    Subclass Magnoliidae
                        Order Laurales
                            Family Calycanthaceae -- Strawberry-shrub family
                                Genus Calycanthus L. -- sweetshrub P
                                    Species Calycanthus occidentalis Hook. & Arn. 
                                    -- western sweetshrub

Spice Bush (Calycanthus occidentalis)