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Carolina allspice

Calycanthus floridus  • 

Photo: Carolina allspice

Photo: Carolina allspice

General description

Native to Eastern USA forests.  Deciduous shrub; leaves opposite, simple, smooth margined, oblong; flowers axillary, with many brown-maroon, strap-like petals, aromatic; brown seeds enclosed in an elongated, fibrous sac.

Seeds are poisonous.

Plant requirements

Sun to partial shade; range of soil types, but prefers a deep, moist loam

Properties

Height
10 - 300 cm
Color
Soil type
Clay, Loam
Sunlight
Full sun, Partial shade
PH
Acid, Neutral
Moisture
Well-drained, Moist but well-drained
Hardiness
Hardy