polecat bush, flag pawpaw, woolly pawpaw
Life Span: long-lived perennial
Size: Height: 4 - 6 ft Width: 3 - 5 ft
Flower Color: white
Fruit Color: green
Noted for: Showy flowers
Recommended Uses: Specimen shrub.
Considerations: May be difficult to establish because of its long tap root.
Propagation: Usually grown from nursery stock. Difficult to transplant, minimize root disturbance and keep moist until established. Can be grown from seed.
Salt Tolerance: Not salt tolerant
Soil or other substrate: Sand
The flowers produce an odor similar to rotting meat to attract blowflies or carrion beetles for cross pollination. Larval host for zebra swallowtail (Eurytides marcellus) and pawpaw sphinx (Dolba hyloeus).
Native Habitats: sandhills, flatwoods, scrubby flatwoods
Distribution and Planting Zones
Map is based on minimum winter temperatures
Suitable to grow in:
Ethnobotany: Edible fruits.