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Pest Information

Sweet Scent

Sweet Scent

  • Latin Name: Pluchea Odorata
  • Common Name: Sweet Scent
  • Other Names: Cattle tongue, camphorweed, marsh fleabane, salt marsh fleabane, stinkweed, sourbush

Pest Details

Sweet Scent

Origin:

Native to the eastern United States, but also an introduced exotic species in Hawaii.

Biology:

This annual weed can be found in many roadside habitats and along moist ditchbanks. The foliage exudes a pungent smell when crushed, and has been used for both medicinal purposes as well as an insect repellent. Propagation is by seeds that are easily wind dispersed.

Identification:

Mature plants can be several feet tall, with a central stem and numerous branches. Stems and leaves are sparsely hairy. Leaves are lance-shaped and up to 5 inches long with pointed tips and toothed margins. Flowers occur in loose clusters at the ends of the stems, and are violet to pink in color.

Characteristicts Important to Control:

Physical removal is possible for individual plants. Moisture control will reduce the habitat favorable to this plant.

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