Date Posted: Oct 21, 2016
Vanillaleaf (Carphephorus odoratissimus) is striking with its many small purple flowers that are borne in terminal, flat-topped inflorescences. Its common name refers to the vanilla-like scent that the wilting leaves emit when crushed. The species epithet, odoratissimus, is from the Latin for “most fragrant” and also alludes to the leaves’ scent.
Vanillaleaf occurs naturally in mesic to hydric pine flatwoods, moist sandhills and bogs and blooms late summer into fall. It attracts butterflies and other pollinators.
Read more about this odiferous Carphephorus on our blog.
Photo by Eleanor Dietrich
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