Pluchea odorata (L.) Cass.
Sweetscent, Saltmarsh Fleabane
Asteraceae (Aster Family)
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.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: Pink , Purple
Bloom Time: Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct
DistributionUSA: 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
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
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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
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
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Pluchea odorata in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Pluchea odorata in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Pluchea odorata
MetadataRecord Modified: 2015-03-18
Research By: TWC Staff