Mar. 16, 2017

spicebush, Lindera benzoin

This one goes out to Sam. Spicebush is a very early bloomer, attracting pollinators well before most of the combination. Its main asset is fragrance. All parts of the plant are delightful if you scratch or crush them. Most aromatic plants found a lot of use in herbal medicine, but uses for spicebush were limited. It was used as a spice substitute during the Revolutionary War, and as tea in the South during the Civil War. Unlike most shrubs with berries, it is not much eaten by birds. Thrushes are the only ones it seems to be popular with. Spicebush grows in thickets and forests in AL, AR, CT, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME(S), MI, MO, MS, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, VT, WV, and ON. Lenawee Co MI, 4/29/11