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Rosy camphorweed
Pluchea baccharis
Asteraceae


General Landscape Uses:

Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations. Also wet wildflower and butterfly gardens.
Availability:
Grown by enthusiasts and occasionally by native plant nurseries.
Description:
Small to medium herbaceous wildflower.
Dimensions:
About 1-3 feet in height. Taller than broad.
Growth Rate:
Moderate to fast.
Range:
Southeastern United States west to Texas and south to the Monroe County Keys; West Indies, Mexico and Central America. Very rare in the Monroe County Keys and perhaps absent from the middle Keys.
Habitats:
Marshes and wet pinelands.
Soils:
Wet to moist, moderately well-drained to periodically inundated sandy, limestone, or organic soils, with or without humusy top layer.
Nutritional Requirements:
Moderate; can grow in nutrient poor soils, but needs some organic content to thrive.
Salt Water Tolerance:
Moderate; tolerates brackish water or occasional inundation by salt water.
Salt Wind Tolerance:
Moderate; grows near salt water, but is protected from direct salt spray by other vegetation.
Drought Tolerance:
Low; requires moist to wet soils and is intolerant of long periods of drought.
Light Requirements:
Full sun.
Flower Color:
Pale pink to rose.
Flower Characteristics:
Semi-showy.
Flowering Season:
Spring-summer.
Fruit:
Inconspicuous achene.
Wildlife and Ecology:
Nectar plant for gray hairstreak (Strymon melinus) and other butterflies.
Horticultural Notes:
Can be grown from seed.
Comments:
Horticultural synonyms: P. rosea.


 


Roger L. Hammer
James Johnson, 2000
In habitat, Miramar Pineland Natural Area,
Broward County, Florida
Shirley Denton
Shirley Denton