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Pluchea odorata [= Pluchea purpurascens]

Saltmarsh Fleabane

Scientific Name:

Pluchea odorata [= Pluchea purpurascens]

Genus:

Pluchea

Species Epithet:

odorata

Common Name:

Saltmarsh Fleabane

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Annual (Herbs Only), Perennial

Plant Family

Asteraceae (Aster Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

1-3 ft., 3-6 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

Pink, Purple

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day, Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day, Less than 2 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Moist, Wet

Bloom Time:

July, August, September, October

Growing Area:

Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Salt and brackish marshes. Common on NC Coastal Plain.

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Annual (Herbs Only), Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Has some wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Not Recommended for home landscapes

Pluchea odorata in bloom on Bald Head Island

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Bald Head Island, Sept 12, 2010

A beautiful patch of Pluchea odorata.

These were growing in a salt marsh at Bluff Island (part of Bald Head)

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September 12, 2010

Close-up of the flowers

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Bald Head Island, Sept 12, 2010

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record


Bird-Friendly Native Plants



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