Pluchea sericea (Nutt.) Coville
Arrow Weed, Arrowweed
Asteraceae (Aster Family)
Synonym(s): Berthelotia sericea, Polypappus sericeus, Tessaria sericea
USDA Symbol: PLSE
Tall, willowlike shrub, with slender erect branches.
Indians used this plant to make shafts for arrows because of its long, straight stems. Arrow Weed forms dense stands along some rivers, including the Colorado River in Arizona. Most of its close relatives are strong-smelling herbs.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: Pink , Purple
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul
Bloom Notes: Bloom sometimes extended to year-round.
DistributionUSA: AZ , CA , NM , NV , TX , UT
Native Distribution: S. Nevada, southern third of California, extreme southwest corner and Colorado Plateau portion of Utah, south through W. Texas.
Native Habitat: Along watercourses, ditches, and in some low, flat areas, including those that are quite saline.
Find Seed or Plants
Find seed sources for this species at the Native Seed Network.
National Wetland Indicator Status
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden - Santa Barbara, CA
Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Pluchea sericea in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Pluchea sericea in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Pluchea sericea
MetadataRecord Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff