NATIVITY: Florida west to Louisiana, in moist woods and seepage areas
GROWTH HABIT: Upright rounded shrub.
SIZE: (4) 6 - 10' tall and slightly less in spread, about 4 - 6' in the mid Atlantic states
HARDINESS: Zone 7 - 9
CULTURE: Partial to full shade in moist, almost wet soils.
LANDSCAPE USE: Good plant for naturalizing. Can be used in groups or in the shrub border.
FOLIAGE: Alternate, elliptic to elliptic-lanceolate, entire margin, 2 - 6" long.
All parts of the plant have a strong odor.
FLOWERS: Single or multiple flowers in the axils of the leaves, 1 - 2" in diameter.
Many linear petals maroon in color. Flowers in April to May. The flowers have a
unique odor that borders on malodorous and is probably over the line.
FRUIT: Follicles arranged in a whorl maturing brown.
PROPAGATION: Seed, cuttings.
PESTS: None serious.
`Alba' - white flowered form
`Hally's Comet' - flowers more red with petals curled and reflexed
* A pink flowered form exists but I have not found a cultivar name for the plant
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