Immature Female (pistillate) Flowers of Saltbush

Saltbush (Baccharis halimifolia)

Family: Aster (Asteraceae)
Type: Shrub
Native Range: Coastal Eastern and Gulf areas of the United States.
Sun: Sun to part shade
Forage: Nectar and Pollen
This plant is semi-evergreen to deciduous in the Piedmont of NC and flowers in October through November at a time when not many woody plants are blooming. The species is dioecious having both male and female plants. Honey is light colored, but has a bad odor, however, it is reported to be well flavored after curing in the hive. Look for the female plants along our freeways producing conspicuous numerous white cottony seed heads composed of masses of fine white bristles (pappus).