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Marcus, Joseph A.
Pluchea odorata var. odorata (L.) Cass.
Marsh Fleabane, Sweetscent
USDA Symbol: PLODO
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
Southern marsh fleabane grows to 2 feet tall or more, in marshes or other areas that are always moist. It has several leafy branches on the upper part, none below. Leaves vary, some long and narrow, and some broad at the base, 2–4 inches long, pointed at the tip, and irregularly toothed on the margins. The fragrant, rose-colored flowers grow in small heads in a flat-topped cluster at the end of the stems (248).
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Leaf Retention: Deciduous Leaf:
Green Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Pink
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct
AL , AR , AZ , CA , FL , GA , KS , LA , MD , MS , NC , NM , NV , OK , SC , TX , UT , VA Native Habitat:
Present in low drainage areas throughout Texas. USDA Native Status: L48(N), PR(N), VI(N)
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Moist
CaCO3 Tolerance: Medium
Cold Tolerant: yes
Heat Tolerant: yes
Soil Description: heavy clay, tolerant of many soils with enough moisture
Conditions Comments: A showy addition to any garden that has moist or shallow, submerged soils. Marsh Fleabane has large flower clusters similar to Mistflowers in clusters 2-4 across. An attractive companion when planted with Pickerelweed and Ludwigia octovalvis. Foliage is very aromatic, adding to its deer resistant properties. Reseeds readily in moist conditions. Good plant for pond gardens.
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
Fragrant Flowers: yes
Deer Resistant: High
PropagationPropagation Material: Seeds
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Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: NPIS, ADA