The cool strappy 2″ flowers on this plant are pollinated by beetles, and are quite long-lasting. The main draw of this plant in my opinion are the super cool looking flowers.
Alternate Names: Carolina Allspice, Bubby Bush (!) Size: 6-9' tall Family: Calycanthaceae (Strawberry-shrub Family) Habitat: Moist wood openings & edges; stream banks; moist hillsides Identification: "Deciduous shrub with glossy, aromatic, leathery, dark-green foliage. Its with erect, multiple stems create a rounded outline. Terminal blossoms are solitary and dark red with numerous overlapping, strap-like petals. Flowers are often quite fragrant. Leaves become yellow in fall but are usually not showy." From wildflower.org Uses: Essential oil distilled from the flowers, is used in some perfumes.