Saltbush - Baccharis halimifolia
The Asters compose one of the largest plant families on the planet, with more than 1,900 genera and thousands of species. The family includes the well-known daisy-like flowering species as well as many important food plants. Most are herbaceous or sometimes shrublike, but there are a few small trees, such as the Saltbush, most easily recognized by its bristly seedheads. The small trees grow near the coast in wet sites and may colonize disturbed areas. The leaves are thick and often widely toothed, with glandular dots, and the small flowers are borne in heads.