En EspaŅol

Q. Who is Mr. Smarty Plants?

A: There are those who suspect Wildflower Center volunteers are the culpable and capable culprits. Yet, others think staff members play some, albeit small, role. You can torture us with your plant questions, but we will never reveal the Green Guru's secret identity.

Help us grow by giving to the Plant Database Fund or by becoming a member

Did you know you can access the Native Plant Information Network with your web-enabled smartphone?

Share

Ask Mr. Smarty Plants

Ask Mr. Smarty Plants is a free service provided by the staff and volunteers at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.

Search Smarty Plants
    
 
See a list of all Smarty Plants questions
Can't find the answer in our existing FAQs, submit a question to Mr. Smarty Plants.
Need help with plant identification, visit the plant identification page.
 
rate this answer
1 rating

Tuesday - January 10, 2012

From: Flagstaff, AZ
Region: Southwest
Topic: Herbs/Forbs
Title: Arrow weed
Answered by: Anne Ruggles

QUESTION:

Is arrow weed (Pluchea serecia) shade tolerant? Do you have an on-line resource for native species?

ANSWER:

Arrow weed (Pluchea sericea) is a shrub in the aster family that is native to the southwest. It is a 3 -5 ft high willow-like shrub with slender erect branches and tiny pink flowers. Native Americans used it to make shafts for arrows because of its long, straight stems. Arrow weed forms dense stands along some rivers including the Colorado River in Arizona. All the photos that I can find of it show it growing in relatively open sites. Although, since it can be found in riparian areas, it may tolerate some shade.

The Arizona Desert Museum also has a page devoted to the species that includes images.

Calflora, a project of the University of California, Berkley, has a page for the species that shows its distribution in California and there are images here.

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service Plants Database also has a page for the specices showing its distribution in North America.

If you go to our recommended species page you will find links to native species lists by state. On our site you will also find a link to a native plant species list for the desert southwest.

 

 

From the Image Gallery


Arrow weed
Pluchea sericea

More Herbs/Forbs Questions

Cotton plant for yard in Plano
July 27, 2008 - I wish to plant a specimen cotton plant in my yard - will it grow in Plano, Texas, do you have any tips for maintaining them, and will they survive freezing temperatures?
view the full question and answer

Planting Suggestions for a Lake Home in Wayne County, MO
April 03, 2014 - We have a lake home in Wayne County, MO at Lake Wappapello. The soil is very rocky. We recently cleared an area around our home of assorted dead trees, some cedars and what seemed like tons of vines. ...
view the full question and answer

Difficulty with Clay Soil from Palm Bay, FL
August 22, 2012 - I had a very nice little native shady area behind my house for over 40 years, but now it has been cleared except for a 100 foot tall live oak in the center of this raised mound (50' x 80'). I've be...
view the full question and answer

Plants with color for steep slope in Calera, Alabama
March 26, 2010 - I have a large steep slope in my back yard that the developer called a privacy break. It has poor soil and gets full sun. I have planted muhly and maiden grasses but would like some color. The slope ...
view the full question and answer

Can Carolina wild petunia be planted over septic tank in Nokomis FL
July 10, 2011 - Could you tell me the root depth of the Ruellia caroliniensis/ Carolina wild petunia? Trying to determine if I can plant it over septic tank.
view the full question and answer

Smarty Plants's Facebook profile Support the Wildflower Center by Donating Online or Becoming a Member today.

Mr. Smarty Plants wants you to be his Facebook friend. Click the Facebook icon to add yourself to Mr. Smarty Plants list of friends.
E-NEWSLETTER | BECOME A MEMBER | DONATE NOW | MEDIA | SITEMAP
© 2014 Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center