Male (staminate) Flowers of Saltbush

Baccharis halimifolia

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.