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|Positive ||arielsadmirer ||On Jan 29, 2005, arielsadmirer from Margate, FL (Zone 10a) wrote:
Bahama berry is a loose, informal shrub growing up to 7' high. It is found in the eastern Caribbean islands, where it grows in sunny, rocky outcroppings, semi-protected from steady high winds.
This shrub has small, scented leaves. When you brush by it, or crush the leaves, it releases a smell reminsicent of Earl Grey Tea. It is said that the leaves of Bahama Berry lend a vanilla-like flavor to tea.
The plant has tiny flowers that attract bees and other pollinators. Even though the flowers are very tiny, they magnify the scent of the plant 10 times. The sweet and spicy scent of these flowers is fantastic. The flowers are followed be tinier, orange berries.
Bahama Berry is a host plant for the Atala butterfly. It is also known by the name "I dry, I die" because of its need for moist, well-drained soil. It grows fast, about 3' per year. Because of the miniature features of this plant, it is a prized Bonsai specimen.
If you have a scent garden, this is a must have, especially in Florida!
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
Bayshore Gardens, Florida
Boca Del Mar, Florida
Melrose Park, Florida
Palm Beach, Florida
Pembroke Pines, Florida
Saint James City, Florida
Clover Hill, Maryland
Ensenada, Puerto Rico
Mayaguez, Puerto Rico