Dittrichia graveolens

Dittrichia graveolens_stinkwort_flower and fruit_JM DiTomaso
Photo: Joseph DiTomaso

Synonyms: Inula graveolens, Erigeron graveolens, Cupularia graveolens

Common names: stinkwort; stinkweed; Khaki weed;

Dittrichia graveolens (stinkwort) is a fall-flowering, sticky aromatic annual (family Asteraceae) that appears to be rapidly expanding its range in California.

Cal-IPC Rating: Moderate — Alert?

CDFA Rating: -*?


Plant Assessment Form - Information gathered by Cal-IPC on the impacts, rate of spread, and distribution of invasive plants in California. Does not include management information.

Species ID Card

Invasive Species ID Card - To support field identification of early detection species, Cal-IPC has designed a set of Species ID cards that can be downloaded, printed double-sided, and trimmed to size.

Weed Management Notes

  • Management Notes - Information on management techniques and effectiveness from the University of California Cooperative Extension’s Weed Research & Information Center.

Cal-IPC Newsletter Articles

Cal-IPC Symposium Presentations

Presentations are linked where available. Where a presentation is not available, find more information by reading the abstract in the Cal-IPC Symposia Archive.

Other Dittrichia graveolens Information

  • CalPhotos - Images of plants taken mostly in California.
  • Calflora - Distribution map and records of this species in California.
  • CalWeedMapper - Distribution map of this species in California with ability to determine regional priorities.
  • EDDMapS - Distribution of this species in North America.
  • Jepson Interchange - Information on this plant's taxonomy, biology, and distribution from UC Berkeley's Jepson Herbarium.
  • USDA PLANTS Database - Information on identification and distribution, with links to websites in individual states.
  • Additional photos

    Dittrichia graveolens_flower heads_copyright 2014_NealKramer
    Dittrichia graveolens (stinkwort) flower heads. Photo: © 2014 Neal Kramer
    Dittrichia graveolens_growth habit (dead plant)_copyright 2019_NealKramer
    Dittrichia graveolens (stinkwort) growth habit (dead plant). Photo: © 2019 Neal Kramer
    Dittrichia graveolens_young plant_copyright 2015_NealKramer
    Dittrichia graveolens (stinkwort) young plant. Photo: © 2015 Neal Kramer