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Pluchea foetida var. foetida

Stinking Fleabane, Pallid Marsh-fleabane, Stinking Camphorweed

Scientific Name:

Pluchea foetida var. foetida

Genus:

Pluchea

Species Epithet:

foetida

Common Name:

Stinking Fleabane, Pallid Marsh-fleabane, Stinking Camphorweed

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Asteraceae (Aster Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

1-3 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

White, Pink, Yellow

Soil Moisture:

Moist, Wet

Bloom Time:

July, August, September, October

Growing Area:

Sandhills, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Seasonally wet areas, ditches, various other freshwater wetlands. Common in NC Coastal Plain.

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate

Leaf Retention:

Evergreen

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Has some wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Not Recommended for home landscapes

Notes:

This is the only white-flowered Pluchea found on the coast of North Carolina. Pluchea foetida var. imbricata grows in SC, GA, and FL.

Pluchea foetida in bloom

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Wilmington, August 2010

Close-up of flowers

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Wilmington, 2010

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record


Bird-Friendly Native Plants



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