Yellow & White Crown-Beard - Southern Crownbeard
Verbesina occidentalis                                 (V. virginica)
(Linnaeus) Walter
Asteraceae (Composite Sunflower) Family


 
   

Crown Beard (V. occidentalis) is a smooth to slightly hairy perennial. Preferred habitat is rich woods, roadsides, ditches and marshes. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region.

Leaves are alternate on the stem and have leaf stalks. Leaf is lance-shaped to oval and margins have scattered teeth to many.

Flowers are a panicle where more than one flower appears on a stalk and are arranged in an umbel on the flowering stem. Flower rays are symmetrical; disc flowers bisexual; yellow. Ray flowers are sterile; sparse (two to ten); yellow or white; drooping and irregular, arranged around the disc. Flowers occur in the summer.

Fruit is a capsule.

Crown-Beard (V. virginica)

Plant is essentially the same as the yellow variety except the flowering period is about 30 days earlier and persist about 30 days longer. Distribution is the same as for the yellow variety.

Leaves are alternate; consisting of one whole part with leaf stalks. Leaf is lance-shaped to oval and margins have scattered teeth.

Flowers are at the end of new stem growth and arranged in flat-top clusters; symmetrical in shape with disc flowers being bisexual; white. Ray flowers (petals) are female and consist of one to five petals per disc head. Flowers occur in the summer.

Fruit is a capsule.

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