What flower is that?

Salt Marsh Fleabane FLOWEWR HEAD  Salt Marsh Fleabane CLOSE-UP   

Photo credits: © Francis R. Underwood 2016

September’s mystery plant is an annual with heads of pinkish flowers, the flower parts are indistinguishable.  The toothed leaves and the stems are pubescent.  The leaves attach to the stem with a short petiole but become less petiolate toward the tip of the plant.  The plant is said to have the odor of camphor and grows from 18 to 30 inches tall and blooms from July to September.  It can be found in marshy areas in either salt, brackish or sometimes fresh water.

 

It’s…

Botanical Name:
  Pluchea odorata
Common Name:
  Salt Marsh Fleabane, Camphorweed
Family:
  Asteraceae (Aster Family)
Habitat:
  Marshes with fresh, salt or brackish water

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