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All About Frostweed (Verbesina virginica)

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Frostweed is a lovely perennial plant that is native to Texas and many other states, but has been ignored by commercial nurseries.

The large leaves give frostweed a rather tropical look, but it is very hardy. The plant can reach as high as 6 feet, but averages around 4 feet. Trimming it back in June will give you a fuller plant and more blooms.

Frostweed will grow in full sun, partial shade, or full shade and it requires a small amount of water to be happy. Like most wildflowers, it needs very little care. River banks, open woodlands, and shaded woods are its natural habitat, however, and copying these conditions will produce the happiest plants.

The large clusters of white flower blooms appear in August and September and are usually covered with bees and butterflies. The foliage is a larval host for the Summer Azure, Bordered Patch, and Silvery Checkerspot butterflies.

The plant gets its name from its unusual behavior in the winter. When a freeze occurs, the stems will burst and make beautiful ice formations at the base of the plants. You have to go out early to see it because the ice sculpture melts quickly.

As you can see, frostweed is a unique plant! I hope you will consider it for your own gardens.

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Comments and discussion:
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One of my favorite plants! Sheila_FW Sep 22, 2016 1:45 PM 8
pictures of frostweed berries anyone? are they edible or poisonous mrmrmr Oct 7, 2015 11:50 AM 1
Does anyone anywhere sell seeds for Frostweed? pa2nc Sep 16, 2014 10:49 AM 2
Frostweed is seed now available. frostweed Dec 5, 2013 8:06 AM 0
Natural beauty Sharon Aug 24, 2013 8:01 PM 13
You inspired me to grow frostweed SongofJoy Aug 22, 2013 8:43 AM 2

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