Spice Bush in Bloom

This is no joke. Spicebush (Lindera benzoin) are what’s in bloom on April first in the woods around my house. There is not a lot to go wild over. The leaves and stems of this native plant are fragrant when crushed, but an award winning flower its not.

If you are patient, later in the season you may see this guy chomping on the leaves; the caterpillar phase of the Spicebush Swallow tailed butterfly.

When I say, you have to be a bit nuts to love spring in New England; this is why.

5 Replies to “Spice Bush in Bloom”

    1. He most certainly was real. the large false eyespots are to scare predators off. But he does look sort of clownish doesn’t he or she?

      1. Lou, are you April’s Foolin’ me?! Looks like a character out of the atrocious Simpsons show.

      2. It’s interesting because someone shared something similar recently, and I wasn’t so sure…. he/she is pretty darn cute!

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