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All About Frostweed (Verbesina virginica)

By frostweed
August 22, 2013

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

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Name: Sharon
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Sharon
Aug 21, 2013 7:30 PM CST
I'm fascinated by this plant, Josephine; I've never seen it. I doubt very much it would easily grow here; I don't even recognize the names of the butterflies as being common in this area.

My problem is that I want every new wildflower I see and frostweed is definitely one of the most beautiful. I've read that they will grow here in zone 7a, so I'm tempted to try it. I hate to take them from their native land, though, so maybe I should just sit back and enjoy yours from afar, same way I enjoy your bluebonnets.

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Name: josephine
Arlington, Texas (Zone 8a)
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Aug 21, 2013 9:57 PM CST
Thank you Sharon, I want all the wildflowers too and actually I think this one could do fine for you in Kentucky.
The wildflower center says that it is native in your state as well, check this link

http://wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=VEVI3

I can send you some seeds this fall if you like. Smiling
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Name: Sharon
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Sharon
Aug 21, 2013 10:15 PM CST
I just read that, but it surprises me that I haven't seen that 'frost' look. Maybe I just wasn't around it when it was that cold. I vaguely remember that it might have been one of the plants we called 'Indian tobacco', not sure, but maybe. It's the 'frost' look that has me confused. I wish I had known botanical names when I was learning about medicinal plants all those years ago, it would have helped me remember. I'm going back to the mountains mid September and I'll look for it then for sure. If I can't find it there then we'll talk about your seeds. How's that??

It might be here in W KY and I'll look here also, but my chances are better there, I think.

Thank you so much, Josephine. I've been reading about it tonight.
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Name: josephine
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Aug 22, 2013 6:05 AM CST
Yes, it is also known as Indian tobacco, and probably a few other names.
This plant volunteered in my yard when i started to let plants come up and do their thing.
I also got Western Ironweed and Goldenrod as volunteers as well. It is amazing what nature will provide if you let her.

I will be glad to send seeds, but I know that looking around and discovering is a lot of fun too.

You let me know, Please? Smiling
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Name: Sharon
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Sharon
Aug 22, 2013 8:06 AM CST
I'll for sure let you know. Yes -- the search is on now and the search is such a big part of the fun! Thank you so much!
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Name: josephine
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Aug 22, 2013 8:36 AM CST
Thank you Sharon. Smiling
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Name: Christine
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Aug 23, 2013 9:21 AM CST
Thank you, Frostweed for writing about this beautiful wildflower.
You have reminded me it's one that I would love to try growing. I think it would do nicely down by the pond.

There's another plant makes frosty formations in the winter, pluchia odorata. Like you said, I have to get out there first thing in the morning to see the formations. Amazing to see!

May your life be like a wildflower, growing freely in the beauty and joy of each day --Native American Proverb

Name: josephine
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frostweed
Aug 23, 2013 11:04 AM CST
Yes, there are a few plants that make ice formations, they are all amazing.
Let me know if you need seeds. Smiling
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Name: Horseshoe Griffin
Efland, NC (Zone 7a)
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Horseshoe
Aug 23, 2013 6:48 PM CST
What a cool plant!
No wonder your name is "Frostweed"...you're cool, too! Smiling

LOVE those pics of the frost/stems...how unusual!

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Name: josephine
Arlington, Texas (Zone 8a)
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Aug 23, 2013 7:33 PM CST
Thank you Shoe, that means a lot coming from Mr. Cool himself. Smiling
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Horseshoe
Aug 24, 2013 11:47 AM CST
Hah~! Ain't no "cool" here, but this afternoon I hope to spend some time just chillin'! Smiling

I feel like growing your frostweed plant just so I can put one in the freezer to see those frost pics. I really like that plant! AND your pics.

Best to you and yours!
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Name: josephine
Arlington, Texas (Zone 8a)
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frostweed
Aug 24, 2013 2:04 PM CST
If you need seeds let me know, I will be glad to send them.
Do you get cold weather where you live? Smiling
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Name: Horseshoe Griffin
Efland, NC (Zone 7a)
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Horseshoe
Aug 24, 2013 4:20 PM CST
thanks for the seed offer but didn't mean to throw out a need of them. I just assumed I can get some "off the rack" or maybe find some that might be local. For all I know I may have friends or customers who know this plants. And yes, we get cold here but the past few years it depends on if we believe "global warming" or, as this past summer has shown, "global cooling". Hilarious!

Thanks again for the offer though. If I have a hard time finding the seeds I'll be sure to holler!

Name: josephine
Arlington, Texas (Zone 8a)
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frostweed
Aug 24, 2013 8:01 PM CST
O.K. Please let me know. Smiling
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