Verbesina occidentalis (Linnaeus) Walter
Asteraceae (Composite Sunflower) Family
Yellow Crown Beard is a smooth to slightly hairy perennial. Its preferred habitat is rich woods, roadsides, ditches and marshes. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region.
Leaves are alternate on the stem; short leaf stalks; 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. The rays are symmetrical; disc flowers bisexual; yellow. Ray flowers are sterile; sparse (2 - 10); yellow or white; drooping and irregular, arranged around the disc. Flowers occur in the summer.
Fruit is a capsule.