My heart sank right down to my toes. Had I been taken for a ride?
“What do you mean? What’s different?” I asked.
“The leaves,” came the reply.
The leaves of the allspice I had were oval while the other was elliptical.
Okay … but the scent was more critical in this case.
“Is that the only difference? What about the scent?”
“Yours has a stronger citrusy scent. The other is more subtle and smells more like cloves. ”
I exhaled. That was some consolation.
But was mine an allspice plant then? This started a flurry of email exchanges and internet searches.
Google Search threw up dozens of photos of the Pimenta Dioica with elliptical leaves and only a few of the oval shaped ones. But that didn’t tell us much.
The two Pimenta Dioica look like totally different plants. Could they be related? I’m not in a hurry to find out, but if you do know, please drop me a line.
Whatever the case, welcome to the fold, Elliptica!
Many, many thanks to everyone who made this possible for me. ❤
For those who are keen to see the other plant, the article is here in https://typicalgardener.wordpress.com/2011/01/06/allspice-pimenta-dioica/
Care and propagation: Partial to full sun; garden soil, water moderately. Propagate using seeds (not tried to propagate this myself as yet)