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PlantFiles: Camphor Weed, Sweet Scent, Cattle-tongue, Stinkweed, Salt Marsh Fleabane
Pluchea odorata

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Pluchea (PLOO-sha) (Info)
Species: odorata (oh-dor-AY-tuh) (Info)

Synonym:Pluchea purpurascens

One member has or wants this plant for trade.


12-18 in. (30-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall
Late Fall/Early Winter


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are fragrant
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Soil pH requirements:
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Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive nifty413 On Jul 8, 2012, nifty413 from Garland, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Flowers do attract many pollinators; crushed or rubbed foliage–to my nose–smells like body odor. Thus, I'd choose "Stinkweed" as the most appropriate common name. I wouldn't consider removing it from between the flagstones of my patio despite this characteristic.

Positive Jettabetta On Nov 7, 2010, Jettabetta from Austin, TX wrote:

I came across this plant in October while visiting my sister at her farm in Coupland, Williamson County, TX. I did not know the name of the plant and have been looking at Wildflowers of Texas field guides to try and find it. Yesterday, while at the library I leafed through a field guide and found two plants that looked a lot like "my mystery plant". Camphor Weed and Marsh Fleabane. So I am pleased to find pictures on your web-site that match my pictures.

Positive Floridian On Dec 29, 2004, Floridian from Lutz, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

Semi-woody, perennial shrub about 4 feet tall. The fragrant leaves are ovate to lanceolate and tend to be more clustered towards the branch tips. The fragrant, pink flower heads are numerous in dense, flat-topped clusters. It blooms all year in Florida and does well in container culture but stays smaller than when planted in the ground.
Its natural habitat is freshwater and saline marshes of the southeastern United States and tropical America


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

Maumelle, Arkansas
Morrilton, Arkansas
Bonsall, California
Bartow, Florida
Sarasota, Florida
Trenton, Florida
Pasadena, Maryland
Arlington, Texas
Celina, Texas
Corpus Christi, Texas
Coupland, Texas
Dallas, Texas
Garland, Texas
Kyle, Texas
Mesquite, Texas
Village Mills, Texas

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