White Crown-Beard - Frostweet
Verbesina virginica
Asteraceae (Composite Sunflower) Family

Yellow Crown-Beard, V. alternifolia
 

(Photo of Yellow Crown-Beard shown courtesy of USGS Wildflowers of the Southeast.

White Crown-Beard is an upright, hairy perennial with fleshy roots. Preferred habitat is rich woods, fields, roadsides and stream banks.  Distri-
bution is throughout the Escambia region.

Leaves are alternate on the stem, consisting of one whole part; leaf stalks; oval to nearly lance-like, with toothed margins.  Leaf base is wedge-
shaped to rounded.

Flowers are in flat-topped clusters at the end of a flowering stem; sym-
metrical in form. Disc flowers are bisexual; white.  Ray flowers are female; 3 - 5 per head and also white. Flowering occurs in late summer and early autumn.

Fruit is an achene

The yellow flowered Crown-Beard (Yellow Wingstem), is found in similar places.

This is a herbaceous plant; a perennial which can reach a height of 8 feet.  Its leaves are alternate on the stem; 8 inches in length; lance-like with toothed margins.  The leaf margins often extend down the stem forming a wing; thus the name "Wingstem."

The flowers have numerous parts and are up to 3 inches wide.  The blooms are yellow and appear in mid summer and persists into early autumn.   Ray flowers, which angle downward from the disc, usually number less than 10.  Flowers occur in late summer and early autumn.

Fruit is a flat achene with two or sometimes three teeth.

     

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