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Pluchea odorata

Sweetscent, Saltmarsh Fleabane

Asteraceae (Aster Family)

Pluchea odorata (Sweetscent)
Smith, R.W.
Erect annual with flat-topped clusters of pink-lavender flower heads; plant has a faint camphor fragrance.

This typical brackish-marsh plant adds a flash of pink to marsh grasses at the end of the growing season. Its dense pinkish flower masses are often used in dried flower arrangements.

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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Annual
Habit: Subshrub
Size Notes: 1-3

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Pink , Purple
Bloom Time: Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct


USA: AL , AZ , AR , CA , CT , DE , FL , GA , IL , IN , KS , LA , ME , MD , MA , MI , MS , NV , NJ , NM , NY , NC , OK , PA , RI , SC , TX , UT , VA
Canada: ON
Native Distribution: Southern Maine south to Florida, largely coastal; west to Texas and beyond.
Native Habitat: Saline to brackish marshes.

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade , Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist


Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Fragrant Flowers: yes

Last Update: 2015-03-18