Sweet Shrub

Calycanthus floridus

[calycanthus_floridus]

This southeastern native is known by several names: Bubby Flower, Sweet Shrub, Strawberry Bush, and Sweet Betsy. Thomas Jefferson recorded planting Sweet Shrub at Monticello on March 7, 1778. He planted more in 1794, 1812, and 1815. He gave them as gifts to fellow gardeners and included them in a box of American plants shipped to Madame de Tess

Growth Type: Woody Shrub Color(s): maroon, red, purple Hardiness Zones: 5 - 9 Location at Monticello: West Lawn Planting Conditions: Full Sun Map it: 38.010197,-78.453487

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Blooming Dates 2004: May 19 – Jun 172005: May 11 – Jun 172006: Apr 20 – Jun 302007: Apr 30 – Jun 252008: May 2 – Jul 112009: Apr 24 – Jun 252010: Apr 6 – Jun 282011: Apr 26 – Jul 72012: Mar 26 – Jun 262014: Apr 2 – Jul 2