Groundsel Tree/Sea Myrtle

Baccharis halimifolia

General Information:

This deciduous shrub is most significantly identified by its silvery, plume-like achenes. This plant can grow up to 12 feet tall and produces white to green flowers in small, dense clusters. The numerous and short branchlets bear gray-green, oval leaves. The fast-growing sea myrtle can be found in wet to droughty soils in salt marshes and on shorelines. 

Medicinal Uses:

The groundsel tree has been used to treat kidney inflammation and fevers in southern Louisiana.

Did You Know:

The sea myrtle is one of the few shrubs suitable to strive in salt-tolerant soils and is oftentimes found along shorelines known for producing salt-spray.