20-P1080957

Persea palustris (Raf.) Sarg.
Tree/shrub, Perennial
Native: L48
Blooming: late April-early May, June white, green

Location:  N30 00.379’W084 33.551′(1.9RL), N30 00.378’W084 33.685′(2.2RR), N30 00.473’W084 33.835′(2.6RR)

Host plant for spicebush swallowtail, palamedes swallowtail, schaus’ swallowtail (Papilio aristodemus – endangered). Foliage eaten by deer and plant provides nesting site for mockingbirds.

Native Americans used the root as a carthatic, for fevers and dropsy.

In 2013, late blooming, started in mid May extending through early June.

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