A plant that smells like mothballs?

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Posted By: terij221@yahoo.com


We live next to a heavily forested ‘ravine’ and are new to the house. The last couple of days when we sit out on our porch, we get these waves of what smells like mothballs through the air, especially as the breeze picks up. Is there a plant or tree that puts off this smell? We’ve lived in GA 30 years and have never experienced this!


  1. parityanimal Flower Fanatic says:

    Likely a Kolkwitzia amabilis, also known as beauty bush.

    October 23rd, 2013 at 10:03 am
  2. Bobby Flower Fanatic says:

    What a beautiful forest shot!

    October 23rd, 2013 at 7:45 pm
  3. Jennifer Unregistered says:

    Did you determine source of mothball smell?
    I live in East TX & smelled it strongly tonight for several minutes. Animal or plant?

    October 14th, 2015 at 9:06 pm

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