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Pluchea odorata (L.) Cass.
Sweetscent, Saltmarsh Fleabane
USDA Symbol: plod
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
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.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Annual Habit: Subshrub Size Notes:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Pink , Purple
Bloom Time: Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct
AL , AR , AZ , CA , CT , DE , FL , GA , IL , IN , KS , LA , MA , MD , ME , MI , MS , NC , NJ , NM , NV , NY , 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. USDA Native Status: L48(N), PR(N), VI(N), CAN(I)
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun , Part Shade , Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
Fragrant Flowers: yes
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
- Santa Barbara, CANative Seed Network
- Corvallis, OR
Herbarium Specimen(s)NPSOT 0522
Collected Jul 18, 1987 in Bexar County by Harry Cliffe
Wildflower Center Seed BankLBJWC-567
Collected 2007-09-05 in Travis County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
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Record Modified: 2012-10-18
Research By: TWC Staff