Asimina incana

polecat bush, flag pawpaw, woolly pawpaw


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Use this link to get more info about this plant from the USF Institute for Systematic Botany

Plant Specifics

Form: shrub
Life Span: long-lived perennial
Size: Height: 4 - 6 ft    Width: 3 - 5 ft
Flower Color: flower color      white
Fruit Color: fruit color      green
Phenology: deciduous
Noted for: Showy flowers


Recommended Uses: Specimen shrub.
Considerations: May be difficult to establish because of its long tap root.
Propagation: Usually grown from nursery stock. Difficult to transplant, minimize root disturbance and keep moist until established. Can be grown from seed.
Availability: Seed
Light: light requirement   light requirement  
Moisture Tolerance:
Salt Tolerance: Not salt tolerant
Soil or other substrate: Sand


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The flowers produce an odor similar to rotting meat to attract blowflies or carrion beetles for cross pollination. Larval host for zebra swallowtail (Eurytides marcellus) and pawpaw sphinx (Dolba hyloeus).
Native Habitats: sandhills, flatwoods, scrubby flatwoods

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida

USDA Zones:

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Suitable to grow in:


Edible fruits.