Heterotheca subaxillaris (Lam.) Britt. & Rusby var. latifolia (Buckl.) Gandhi & Thomas

Asteraceae (Sunflower Family)


Because its name is used for different plants across the United States, camphorweed must be checked by scientific name for proper identification. Also known as H. latifolia by some authors, it is generally recognized by the strong camphor-like scent when the leaves are crushed.

Camphorweed is an annual, warm-season native that generally emerges from the ground as a single stem, then branches several inches above the ground.

Its stems and leaves are covered in spreading white hairs. It has showy, bright yellow flowers with hairy leaves clasping the spindly branches. It flowers from May through July, depending on moisture.

The forage value of camphorweed is fair for most grazing animals.


Camphorweed can grow profusely in disturbed sites and a variety of soil types, preferring sandy soils.