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SASSAFRAS   Sassafras albidum
Butterfly Host or Larval Food Plant
Spicebush Swallowtail Papilio troilus and Palamedes (Laurel) Swallowtail Papilio palamedes
Host or Larval Food Plant.

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Botanical Name: Sassafras albidum

Common Name: Spicebush Tree

Plant type: Tree

Light: Full sun to light shade

Size: Can grow over 40 feet tall

Zone: 4 - 9

Water: Average

Soil: Average soil

Propagation: Seed

Host for:

Egg Note: Eggs are small smooth cream colored balls laid normally on the underneath although sometimes on the top side of a leaf. Eggs turn darker before hatching.

Caterpillar: Young caterpillars are black and white, resembling bird droppings. Older caterpillars are green with 'eye' spots. One day before pupating, caterpillars turn orange.