While many wildflower enthusiasts appreciate spicebush (Lindera benzoin), the 2006 Virginia Wildflower of the Year, for its subtle beauty, plant ecologists have found this humble shrub to be a fruitful subject for scientific inquiry. The notes that follow relay just a few of the interesting nuggets that can be gleaned from a cursory study of the scientific literature about this plant.

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Copyright © 2006, Virginia Native Plant Society. This article first appeared in Bulletin of the Virginia Native Plant Society 25:1 (2006), 1, 6.

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