Asimina incana

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Polecat Bush, Flag Pawpaw, Woolly Pawpaw


Plant Specifics

Size:4 - 6 ft tall by 3 - 5 ft wide
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
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.
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Not wet but not extremely dry ----- to ----- Very long very dry periods)
Moisture Tolerance: Not wet but not extremely dry ----- to ----- Very long very dry periods
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray
Soil or other substrate:Sand
Soil pH:Acidic to neutral



Small mammals and birds harvest the fruit.


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

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
8B 9A 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures


Ethnobotany:Edible fruits.