www.zinnysworld.com    Copyright 2000-2015 by Thomas Zinneman.  All rights reserved. Camphorweed Heterotheca subaxillaris

Camphorweed, sometimes called False Golden-Aster, is a native annual or biennial herb found throughout the southern and middle parts of North America.  In Florida, it is found throughout most of the state.

This plant can grow to a height of about 4 feet.  It usually has a single primary stem with branches near the top of the stem.  At the top of the stem or branches there is a single daisy-like flower about 1-inch wide.  It has 20-45 golden yellow petals (ray flowers) surrounding a yellow center (disk flowers). The flowers bloom year round. The leaves are hairy, oval or lance-shaped and arranged alternately.  The leaves give off a camphor-like odor when bruised or crushed.  These plants attract a wide variety of pollinating insects, especially bees and butterflies.

The photos on this page were taken in Deep Creek in Charlotte County.

The distribution maps for Camphorweed are from the Plants Database of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).