Plant family: Asteraceae - Sunflower
Plant type: Annual
Plant origin: N/A, California
Coastal Salt Marsh, Freshwater Wetlands
Sand, Alkaline, Salt
Attracts Wildlife, Exceptional Fragrance, Good for Cut Flowers, Salt Tolerant
Pluchea odorata is a species of flowering plant in the aster family, Asteraceae. Common names include sweetscent, salt marsh fleabane and shrubby camphorweed. The plant is native to the United States and Mexico and into South America. It inhabits wetlands and other coastal habitats and moist inland areas, often in saline substrates. 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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