An Excerpt from Jim Conrad's Nature Notes
issued from California's Sierra Nevada Foothills in 2005


Mock Orange, Philadelphus lewisiiMock OrangePhiladelphus lewisii, is a much-branched bush up to ten feet high, in late spring capable of being gorgeously arrayed with dense clusters of 25ยข-size white flowers. The flowers of some Mock Orange species are fragrant but ours isn't terribly so. Indians used the slender stems to make shafts for arrows. Our species' Latin name honors Meriwether Lewis of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.