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Pluchea carolinensis

Pluchea carolinensis (Jacq.) G. Don

Cough Bush, Cure For All, Sourbush, Wild Tobacco

Asteraceae (Aster Family)

Synonym(s): Conyza carolinensis, Conyza cortesii, Pluchea cortesii, Pluchea odorata, Pluchea symphytifolia, Pluchea ×fosbergii

USDA Symbol: PLCA10

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), HI (I), PR (N), VI (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Size Notes: Up to about 13 feet tall.
Fruit: Fruit is a cypsela (pl. cypselae). Though technically incorrect, the fruit is often referred to as an achene.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Pink , Violet
Bloom Time: Feb , Mar , Apr , May , Jun



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.

Web Reference

Webref 3 - Flora of North America (2014) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.

Additional resources

USDA: Find Pluchea carolinensis in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Pluchea carolinensis in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Pluchea carolinensis


Record Modified: 2019-05-17
Research By: CBR

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