Baby Tea, Bitter Bush, Christmas Bush, Jack in the Bush, Siam Weed, Triffid Weed

Chromolaena odorata

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Chromolaena (kroh-mo-LAY-na) (Info)
Species: odorata (oh-dor-AY-tuh) (Info)
Synonym:Eupatorium odoratum

Category:

Shrubs

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Height:

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Spacing:

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Blue-Violet

Violet/Lavender

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall

Late Fall/Early Winter

Foliage:

Evergreen

Other details:

May be a noxious weed or invasive

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Orlando, Florida

Tampa, Florida

Waveland, Mississippi

Helotes, Texas

Hondo, Texas

Victoria, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:

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positives
1
neutral
0
negatives
RatingContent
Neutral

On Feb 23, 2016, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

The World Conservation Union has included this species in their list of 100 of the world's worst invasive species, one of only 32 terrestrial species so singled out. [HYPERLINK@www.k-state.edu]

Native to Texas and Florida, as well as Mexico and the Caribbean islands. Outside its native range, it has proven to be a noxious weed of field crops and also a destroyer of natural habitat. It has naturalized in South America, tropical Asia, west Africa, and parts of Australia.

Hawaii has declared this a noxious weed. It is reported to be the most problematic invasive species in protected African rainforests. In Australia, it is currently the target of a systematic er... read more

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