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Last updated 06/4/20 13:35.
Commonly known as Allspice
A genus of 3 deciduous shrubs from woodland and streambanks in eastern China and USA.
One of the few plants that rely on beetles for pollination as they evolved before winged insects. They are attracted by the spicy scent and are trapped within the nectarless flowers. After pollination the tepals relax allowing the insect to escape.
Used medicinally by American Indians and also for arrow shafts.
Deciduous - shrubs. Dark-green leaves are aromatic when crushed.
Partial shade - in warm climates.
Additional Features - Good to know - grown for their unusual, fragrant flowers which resemble small water lilies.
Pests & Diseases - none.
Place of origin - USA
Soil Conditions - Fertile moist well-drained soil - humus- rich.