arrow-weed Asteraceae Pluchea sericea (Nutt.) Coville Listen to the Latin symbol: PLSE Other Fact Sheets
Leaf: Alternate, simple, evergreen, to 2 1/2 inches, gray-green above and below and finely pubescent, linear to lancolate, entire margins.
Flower: Purple, in clusters at the ends of the twigs, blooms from spring to mid-summer.
Fruit: Tiny achenes with slender brown bristles.
Twig: Initially gray-green and slender, and pale pubescent, becoming gray-brown.
Bark: Gray to brown, initially smooth or lenticellate, becoming rough.
Form: Thicket-forming dense shrubs to 10 feet, often with straight stems.

Looks like: mule fat - sandbar willow
leaf flower fruit twig bark form1 map
Additional Range Information:
Pluchea sericea is native to North America.
Range may be expanded by planting.
See states reporting arrow-weed.
External Links:
USDA Plants Database
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