Dittrichia viscosa

Sticky fleabane, strong smelling inula                                                        Ακονυζιά                                                         


The pyramidal bushes of Dittricia viscosa, with their bright yellow daisy flowers are familiar as a wayside plant to anyone who has travelled in Greece. The glandular hairs which cover the plant produce an oily substance which emits an unusual, spicy smell in the heat of the day. This gives protection to the plant from high temperature and the plant remains green throughout the summer months and flowers in autumn.

The plant can be a troublesome weed and although it is endemic to the Mediterranean basin, it has become invasive in Australia, where it has naturalised.


Compositae - the daisy family                                                                         Dicot.

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2-4cm    30-80cmW

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