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Baccharis halimifolia Linnaeus. Silverling, High-tide-bush, Mulletbush, Saltbush, Waterbush, Groundsel Tree, Manglier, Sea-myrtle, Consumption-weed, Winter-willow. Phen: Aug-Oct. Hab: Fresh and brackish marshes, marsh borders, hammocks, moist abused land, roadsides, ditches, old fields, and a wide variety of disturbed areas. B. halimifolia is becoming increasingly common inland, and can be an especially aggressive invader in sunny sites after silvicultural disturbance. Dist: Se. MA south to s. FL, west to TX, AR, and OK; West Indies.

ID notes: This shrub or small tree is conspicuous in the fall. Female individuals are much more showy, with the bright white pappus coloring the shrub and visible from far away. Male individuals are less conspicuous, with a yellowish-green, almost dingy, cast.

Origin/Endemic status: Native

Synonymy: = Ar, Bah, C, F, Fl7, FNA20, G, GW2, K1, K3, K4, NcTx, NE, NY, Ok, Pa, RAB, S, SE1, Tat, Tn, Tx, Va, WH3, Franck et al (2021)

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Wetland Indicator Status:

  • Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plain: FAC
  • Eastern Mountains and Piedmont: FACW
  • Great Plains: FAC
  • Northcentral & Northeast: FACW

Heliophily: 8

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image of plant© Gary P. Fleming | Original Image ⭷
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image of plant© Alan Cressler: Baccharis halimifolia, South End, Glynn County, Georgia 1 by Alan Cressler source | Original Image ⭷
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