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Heterotheca subaxillaris

Heterotheca subaxillaris

Common name camphorweed
Family asteraceae
Life cycle annual
Flowers yellow (summer-fall)
Size to 5'
Light sun

Coarse wildflower native to a large swath of the southeastern and south-central US. It appeared as a volunteer in our garden, growing up through other bold natives behind our pond, and I didn't really notice it until all of a sudden it was in full bloom – and it made quite a splash of color. In fact, it looked nicer than most photos I've found online, so our interloper must have liked its surroundings. I'm not ready to call it a weed on my website, although I may have to do so if it turns out to spread itself around too vigorously. The plant is named for the camphor-like aroma of its foliage – which I didn't notice, but which keeps livestock from browsing its rough, slightly hairy leaves.

In our garden, this plant grows in the following area: waterfall pondside

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