All About Frostweed (Verbesina virginica): One of my favorite plants!

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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: Sheila F
Fort Worth TX (Zone 8a)
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Sheila_FW
Aug 22, 2013 7:29 AM CST
I love the Frostweed in my garden. In the sun or shade it grows tall and straight very large leaves. It doesn't mind me chopping it back to make it bush. I love the ribbons along the mature stems. Then late in the summer when some things are nearing the end of their blooming period, it puts out a burst of white clusters. The monarchs love it; and so do the bees, hairstreaks, and others. It was also a host plant for Silvery Checkerspot butterfly in my yard, then when the leaves are brown and all is left is a stalk, along comes winter and makes the beautiful namesake formations. Yep, it's a keeper for me.

Of course being from north Texas, I got my first start of Frostweed from Josephine! Thank you my friend!

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Name: josephine
Arlington, Texas (Zone 8a)
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frostweed
Aug 22, 2013 7:41 AM CST
You are welcome Sheila, it is so nice to have friends who share your passion for wildflowers!! Hurray!
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Name: Anna
North Texas (Zone 8a)
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canadanna
Aug 22, 2013 9:07 PM CST
I am proud to have frostweed from Frostweed. I have yet to see the frozen formations...never get out early enough.
Name: josephine
Arlington, Texas (Zone 8a)
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frostweed
Aug 22, 2013 9:31 PM CST
Thank you Anna, it looks like you will have to set your alarm on a night when you are expecting a good freeze. Smiling
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Name: Christine
North East Texas (Zone 7b)
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wildflowers
Aug 24, 2013 12:11 PM CST
Sheila, those are beautiful pics of your frostweed from Frostweed!

Hmm... looks like I know where I prefer to get my seeds! nodding

Now to find something that Frostweed doesn't have for trade. Smiling
May your life be like a wildflower, growing freely in the beauty and joy of each day --Native American Proverb

Name: josephine
Arlington, Texas (Zone 8a)
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frostweed
Aug 24, 2013 2:08 PM CST
Oh Christine, I don't need anything to trade, just remind me about the seeds this fall and I will be glad to send. Smiling
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Name: Christine
North East Texas (Zone 7b)
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wildflowers
Aug 24, 2013 2:29 PM CST
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tx_flower_child
Sep 22, 2016 1:04 PM CST
I am happy to say how much I love my Frostweed plants. All 3 are blooming right now. And it just so happens that I got my first Frostweed from Josephine and the other 2 from Sheila. Thank you both!
Name: josephine
Arlington, Texas (Zone 8a)
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frostweed
Sep 22, 2016 1:45 PM CST
Joan, I am so happy to know that I started you on a good thing. It is a great plant for pollinators. Smiling
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