What is this thing?

Name this mystery plant!

A vendor at the farmer’s market downtown was selling it for arrangements, along with bittersweet, red-twigged dogwood and other woodsy things. He did not know what it is, so I photographed it, hoping you would have an idea.

When I moved here last fall I went to the market every Saturday, and was so sad when the season came to an end. This year, because of my work schedule, I could not go a single time and missed it so much. I tried to console myself by biking to a small market on a weeknight, but it wasn’t the same as the merry, lazy, industrious, wholesome, decadent Saturday morning market.

So I took half a day off work just so I could go once before it ended, and I’m glad I did. I ate soup and bought pastries and hazelnuts and apple cider. I went home with collards, heirloom potatoes, parsnips, garlic and a bag of fresh salad greens.

About Mulysa

I love my work as a landscape designer and artist. When I'm not planning homesteads or working in the studio, you'll find me hiking, photographing, gardening, baking, cooking vegetarian meals with friends, reading and working on sustainability issues...with my baby on my hip in Portland, Oregon.
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One Response to What is this thing?

  1. Mulysa says:

    It’s Sinocalycanthus chinensis, Chinese sweetshrub. It’s in the Calycanthaceae family- along with our North American natives Carolina allspice, Calycanthus floridus in the southeast, and Western spicebush, C. occidentalis in California. As the name suggests, they are very fragrant. Chinese sweetshrub (or Chinese waxshrub as it is sometimes called,) is less so, though its flowers are showier.

    I saw the Sinocalycanthus at the Elk Rock Garden at Bishop’s close on New year’s eve day- it had just one seed capsule on it but I recognized it as soon as I saw it!

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