Pluchea rosea, Syn: P. baccharis
Asteraceae (Composite Sunflower) Family
Plant is an upright, hairy, branching annual or short-lived perennial. Preferred habitat is edge of streams and wet ditches. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region.
Leaves are alternate on the stem, consisting of one whole part, widest at the center to lance-like, blunt to nearly rounded at the base and tapering to the tip with sides less than equal. Leaf margins are toothed and base is clasping the stem.
Flowers are in a panicle of heads. Flowers are bisexual, symmetrical in form. Disc flowers are purple. Ray flowers are absent. Flowers occur in the summer and early autumn.
Fruit is a seed which outer layer is fused to it (achene).
This typical brackish or fresh water marsh plant produces a strong camphor-like odor; adding a flash of pink to marsh grasses at the end of the growing season. Its dense pinkish flower masses are often used in dried flower arrangements.