Baccharis halimifolia (Groundseltree)

Baccharis halimifolia, which us also known as Groundseltree, Sea-myrtle, Consumptionweed, Eastern Baccharis, Groundsel, Groundsel Bush, Salt Marsh-elder, Salt Bush, or Florida Groundsel Bush, is a native plant to the United States, found in states such as Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, and Virginia.

It belongs to the Asteraceae family and can grow up to 15 feet in size. Groundseltree is a deciduous shrub or small tree that is known for its attractive white flowers, which bloom in the fall and attract a variety of pollinators. It is a valuable plant for gardens and landscapes, providing food and habitat for a wide range of wildlife.

Baccharis halimifolia Information

Family Asteraceae
Common Names Groundseltree, Sea-myrtle, Consumptionweed, Eastern baccharis, Groundsel, Groundsel Bush, Salt Marsh-elder, Salt Bush, Florida Groundsel Bush
Native to USA AL, AR, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, LA, MA, MD, MS, NC, NJ, NY, OK, PA, RI, SC, TX, VA
Size Up to 15 feet

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Baccharis halimifolia edible?

Baccharis halimifolia, also known as groundsel tree or sea myrtle, is not considered edible for humans. It is often used in landscaping and as a natural erosion control due to its salt tolerance and ability to thrive in coastal environments.

Is Baccharis halimifolia invasive?

Baccharis halimifolia is considered an invasive species in some areas. It is native to the southeastern United States, but has been introduced to other parts of the country, including California and the Pacific Northwest, where it can displace native plant species and disrupt ecosystems.