Pluchea odorata
sweetscent; salt-marsh fleabane

Photinia pyrifolia
Photinia pyrifolia
Photo Courtesy Renee Brecht
Britton & Brown
Botanical name: Pluchea odorata
Common name: sweetscent; salt-marsh fleabane
Group: dicot
Family: Asteraceae
Growth type: forb/herb; subshrub
Duration: annual; perennial
Origin: native
Plant height: 1'- 3'
Foliage: alternate leaves, petiolate or sessile; margins shallowly serrate
Flower: pink to lavendar, 1/4-5/8" across
Flowering time: Late August to late October
Habitat: salt marshes; wet soil or water in fresh to brackish conditions
Range in New Jersey: along the coast and lower Delaware Bay
Heritage ranking, if any: S2; Listed Pinelands
Misc. An obligate wetland species, i.e., Occurs almost always (estimated probability 99%) under natural conditions in wetlands

Pluchea, after Noel-Antoine Pluche (1688-1761), a French naturalist; odorata, fragrant, sweet-smelling..