The "Pineapple bush"
in our front yard is clearly an anomaly | While I've seen mention of the species as growing in Illinois, what I've been able to locate mostly comes from south of us | Much farther south | Known also as "Sweetshrub," "Spice bush" and "Strawberry Tree" it
goes by the Latin name of Calycanthus floridus
| Sites where it's listed include South Carolina
, West Virginia
| Said to live in "mostly in rich, deciduous woods along stream banks and other moist places
" makes it thus explainable that ours roots above the channelized "stream" that flows part of the year from our dirt-floored basement |
Two points of interest: (1) One source noted that "An alkaloid ...in the seed ...reported [as] toxic to cattle ...but not usually eaten.
" and (2) the variety of flower colors
^-- pix credit: © 2004/Bill McClain | Illinois Dept of Natural Resources
A text reference was listed at the South Carolina Site: John Kartesz' A Synonymized Checklist of the Vascular Flora of the United States, Canada, and Greenland (1994, 2nd edition, 2 vols., Timber Press: Portland)
One final credit: Thanks to Tom who sent me the first real clue in my search|