Sea Myrtle (Baccharis halimifolia)

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Wet
Wet Mesic
Mesic
Dry Mesic
Dry
Soil pH Preferences: Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 4a -34.4 °C (-30 °F) to -31.7 °C (-25 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 11
Plant Height: 12 to 14 feet
Plant Spread: 12 to 14 feet
Leaves: Deciduous
Other: Deciduous in the North, but from central Florida southward it tends to retain its leaves.
Fruit: Showy
Edible to birds
Flowers: Showy
Fragrant
Flower Color: White
Other: White to Yellowish
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Late summer or early fall
Fall
Underground structures: Taproot
Suitable Locations: Beach Front
Uses: Windbreak or Hedge
Erosion control
Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Birds
Butterflies
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Salt tolerant
Toxicity: Other: Seeds poisonous to humans
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Cuttings: Tip
Pollinators: Moths and Butterflies
Various insects
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil
Dioecious

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Comments:
Posted by plantladylin (Southeast Florida - Zone 10a) on Nov 5, 2012 10:54 AM

Baccharis halimifolia is an extremely hardy, dense shrub whose native range is from Massachusetts to Texas, including all of Florida. This shrub is happy in all types of soil and grows in salt water marshlands as well as along roadsides near the coast. It's a salt-tolerant shrub that does well in heat and cold. The abundant flowers are produced in the fall months and the nectar attracts many butterflies. The female plant produces fluffy seed clusters that make a showy display.

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Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Nov 24, 2017 7:39 PM

I've seen a good number of this nice native shrub in southeast Pennsylvania in some spots and more throughout Delaware in its sandy, acid soils. Good pollinator plant.

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