Annual or short-lived perennial from 1 to 5 ft tall with a camphor-like odor. Leaves are alternate, lanceolate to elliptic or ovate, sharply toothed, petioled, to 6 in. long. The inflorescence is densely flowered and usually round-topped. Flower heads, from 0.1 to 0.2-in. wide, are pink and without ray flowers.
Asteraceae/Compositae (ASTER/COMPOSITE FAMILY)
Photographic Location: Cedars of Lebanon State Park.
Frequent. Wet woods, marshes, ditches. Found throughout TN (except far eastern counties), and in the U.S. from DE to S OH to E OK south to N FL and TX.
Other common names are Stinkweed and Camphorweed. The genus name is in honor of Pluche, a French naturalist of the 18th century.