There are many interesting plants and flowers to be seen in Capitol Reef National Park but there was one shrub which – in my opinion – wins the gold medal for being the most amazingly fragrant shrub I’ve ever encountered. Depending on which way the wind was blowing you’d catch this beautiful scent wafting by and would be left wondering where it came from until you walked closer and then… ahhhh!
The leaves resemble holly leaves and the small yellow flowers of the shrub produce such a wonderful scent. I can’t quite describe it other than it was like a heavy perfume of long ago but not an old perfume that made you wrinkle up your nose. No! This perfume made you want to bottle it and take it home!
I neglected to ask a park ranger what this wonderful shrub was until I started this post. So I called the welcome center and after trying my best to describe the plant was given the name of barberry. Some further searching online revealed it’s full name of Mahonia fremontii, a species of barberry.
Such an amazing fragrance. I wonder if it is in a scented candle or something? Would love to have that.