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Pluchea odorata (Sweetscent)

Sweetscent, Saltmarsh Fleabane, Camphorweed, Stinkweed, Salt Marsh Fleabane, Sourbush, Cattle-Tongue


An excellent butterfly attractant, Pluchea odorata (Sweetscent) is an annual or short-lived perennial wildflower boasting dense, flat-topped clusters of rosy pink flowers in mid summer to fall. The individual flowers lack rayflorets. Attractive to bees and butterflies, the blossoms are often used in dried flower arrangements. They are borne atop leafy stalks clad with sweet-smelling, ovate to lanceolate leaves with toothed margins. The flowers give way to inconspicuous achenes tipped with a pappus. Sweetscent occurs naturally in freshwater and salt marshes, swamps and coastal hammocks. It is primarily recommended for natural landscapes, habitat restorations, wet wildflower and butterfly gardens.

  • Grows up to 2-4 ft. tall (60-120 cm) and 2-3 ft. wide (60-90 cm).
  • Prefers full sun in moist to wet, moderately well-drained to periodically flooded sandy, calcareous or organic soils. This plant is moderately salt tolerant, but not drought tolerant.
  • Excellent choice for naturalistic landscapes, habitat restoration, cottage gardens, bog gardens, wildflower gardens.
  • No serious pest or disease issues.
  • Propagate by seed.
  • Native to the United States, Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, and northern South America.

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Requirements

Hardiness 8 – 11
Plant Type Annuals, Perennials
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 2' – 4' (60cm – 120cm)
Spread 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spacing 24" – 36" (60cm – 90cm)
Water Needs Average, High
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Moisture Retentive
Characteristics Dried Arrangements, Showy
Native Plants United States, California, Midwest, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Northeast, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Rocky Mountains, Utah, Southeast, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Southwest, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas
Tolerance Wet Soil
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Bog Gardens, Ponds and Streams, Rain Gardens
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 8 – 11
Plant Type Annuals, Perennials
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 2' – 4' (60cm – 120cm)
Spread 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spacing 24" – 36" (60cm – 90cm)
Water Needs Average, High
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Moisture Retentive
Characteristics Dried Arrangements, Showy
Native Plants United States, California, Midwest, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Northeast, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Rocky Mountains, Utah, Southeast, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Southwest, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas
Tolerance Wet Soil
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Bog Gardens, Ponds and Streams, Rain Gardens
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage

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