Calycanthus floridus

Common name: Carolina Allspice

Native plant

I have seen this one used in gardens, but have not seen it growing in the wild. This shrub is native to the Eastern US. In mid-May, the flowers are maroon with a delightful fresh strawberry fragrance, which is strongest in the evening. Flowers and leaves have been used as sweet smelling potpourri and placed in drawers among clothes. Fruit is corn-like in shape and remains on the plant after December. Fall color is yellow. This plant requires protection from the wind, half-day sun, and good garden soil.

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Plant Details

Plant type


Soil type

Dry Mesic, Mesic, Moist Mesic

Light exposure

Full Sun, Partial Sun

Bloom period

Late Spring


Requires Protected Site

Growth form

Multi-stemmed, Colonizing, Rhizomatous/stoloniferous

General information

Mature height
6 Feet
Mature width
6 Feet
Max height
10 Feet
Max width
10 Feet
Growth rate
Flower color
Fall color

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