Spicebush

Spicebush

Lindera benzoin

Common Name: Spicebush

Spring is here for me when Spice Bush is displaying its delicate yellow flowers.  I have been fascinated with this native PA shrub because it is the host plant for the spicebush swallowtail caterpillar which is the coolest looking caterpillar ever! The design of the caterpillar resembles a tiny snake.  The “eyes” are actually a design.  Spicebush does best in moist soil but I have been moving my shrub around the yard for the past few years; trying to find the optimum home for it.  I will leave it be in its current location which is a partly shaded area. I’ll report back if I have success!

Detailed information on Spice Bush from Missouri Botanical Garden:

http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/PlantFinder/PlantFinderDetails.aspx?kempercode=d890

 

 

 

Paula Ziegler is a local resident who has a concern for the fate of bees, butterflies, and all wildlife which inspire her to find solutions to creating wildlife habitat gardens that fit into the look of the neighborhood.  Her hope is that you enjoy her blogs and perhaps start a wildlife garden of your own! 

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