Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


236

Shrub
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common

Look for it on forested slopes & streambanks, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun partial shade shade ...Wet ...Moist ...Variable ...Dry

LEAVES:
Deciduous
Simple
Opposite

FLOWER:
Spring
Maroon
Bisexual
Radially symmetrical
Numerous tepals
Numerous stamens

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Pseudocarp

 

TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!



Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Magnoliids: Laurales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Calycanthus floridus   FAMILY Calycanthaceae

GREATER THAN PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Calycanthus floridus var. glaucus   FAMILY Calycanthaceae

GREATER THAN VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 083-01-001b:
Calycanthus floridus var. laevigatus   FAMILY Calycanthaceae

GREATER THAN Synthesis of the North American Flora (Kartesz, 1999)
Calycanthus floridus var. floridus

GREATER THAN Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (1968)
Calycanthus floridus var. floridus

 

COMMON NAME:
Sweetshrub, Carolina Allspice, Strawberry-shrub, Sweet Bubby-bush


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Ron Lance    rwl_calycanthus_floridus

March    Jackson County    NC

Big Ridge Preserve

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JK Marlow    jkm0504q_24

April    Pickens County    SC

Table Rock State Park

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JK Marlow    jkm070421_025

April    Greenville County    SC

Camp Spearhead

Fruit an ovoid leathery pendant capsule (woodland rodents mine its seeds), per Native Shrubs and Woody Vines of the Southeast.

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JK Marlow    jkm120415_026

April    Pickens County    SC

Clemson Forest

Perianth undifferentiated, segments maroon, often with lighter tips, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

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JK Marlow    jkm120424_634

April    Pickens County    SC

Jocassee Gorges

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JK Marlow    jkm160423_477

April    Sevier County    TN

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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Keith Bradley    kab_c_floridus_03188

April    Polk County    NC

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_c_floridus_rw_42205_2

April        

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_c_floridus_sweetshrub

April        

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Ben Geer Keys    bgk236_a

April-May        

Flowers somewhat urn-shaped and solitary on short leafy branches, per Wildflowers of Tennessee.

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Gill Newberry    gn05_c_floridus_fruits

May        

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JK Marlow    jkm0405b_10

May    Rutherford County    NC

Chimney Rock Park

Leaves lanceolate to ovate-lanceolate, margins entire, acuminate, petiolate, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

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JK Marlow    jkm0405h_22

May    Haywood County    NC

Corneille Bryan Native Garden

A yellow-flowering form.

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JK Marlow    jkm140517_816

May    Transylvania County    NC

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Ron Lance    rwl_cfloridus

May    Rutherford County    NC

The flowers are 1" or more broad and have a spicy fragrance, per Wild Flowers of NC, 1st edition.

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Ron Lance    rwl236_a

May        

The nectarless flowers have a strong fruity odor that attracts small beetles, per Wildflowers & Plant Communities of the Southern Appalachian Mountains and Piedmont.

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JK Marlow    jkm140614_882

June    Rabun County    GA

Chattahoochee National Forest

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JK Marlow    jkm160727_387

July    Haywood County    NC

Corneille Bryan Native Garden

Fruit green in summer turning dark brown to black over winter, per Forest Plants of the Southeast and Their Wildlife Uses.

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JK Marlow    jkm0310h_01

October    Haywood County    NC

Corneille Bryan Native Garden

'Athens'