Fragrant red/maroon flowers from April through early July, long strap-like petals are at first tightly packed but loosen and spread into quite large (2"+) flowers, unusual seed capsules are urn-shaped, a densely growing deciduous shrub, large glossy oval leaves up to 6" long turn bright yellow fall color, enjoys rich loamy soil but is also clay tolerant, can spread to form a colony by root suckers, often championed for the sweet scent of the flowers - all parts of the plant are fragrant when crushed (leaves, seed pods, etc..) and even dried twigs smell great when you cut in to them.
Plant Hardiness Zones: 4b-9b
Other names: Eastern Sweetshrub
Native Range: n VA, s OH & IL, south to n FL, LA, & e. TX. This plant has become naturalized in the North East as far north as c NY through introductions
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