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Pluchea odorata (L.) Cass.
Sweetscent, Saltmarsh Fleabane
USDA Symbol: plod
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
, VA Canada: ON Native Distribution:
Southern Maine south to Florida, largely coastal; west to Texas and beyond. Native Habitat:
Saline to brackish marshes.
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun , Part Shade , Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
Fragrant Flowers: yes
National Wetland Indicator Status
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1
(Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here
for map of regions.
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
Record Last Modified: 2012-10-18
Research By: TWC Staff