Pluchea odorata var. odorata
Pluchea odorata (L.) Cass. var. odorata
Sweetscent, Marsh Fleabane, Southern Marsh Fleabane
Asteraceae (Aster Family)
Synonym(s): Conyza odorata, Pluchea purpurascens
USDA Symbol: PLODO
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).
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Leaf Retention: Deciduous
Size Notes: Up to about 6 feet tall.
Fruit: Fruit is a cypsela (pl. cypselae). Though technically incorrect, the fruit is often referred to as an achene.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Pink , Purple
Bloom Time: Jan , Feb , Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov , Dec
Bloom Notes: May flower year-round in the South. Jun - Oct in northern regions.
DistributionUSA: 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.
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
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center - Austin, TX
Brackenridge Field Laboratory - Austin, TX
Web ReferenceWebref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Pluchea odorata var. odorata in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Pluchea odorata var. odorata in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Pluchea odorata var. odorata
MetadataRecord Modified: 2023-01-06
Research By: NPIS, ADA