PlantsVerbesina→Wingstem (Verbesina alternifolia)

Common names:
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Botanical names:
Verbesina alternifolia Accepted
Actinomeris alternifolia Synonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Water Preferences: Wet Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 4a -34.4 °C (-30 °F) to -31.7 °C (-25 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 8b
Plant Height: 48 - 100 inches
Plant Spread: 24 - 36 inches
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Yellow
Flower Time: Summer
Late summer or early fall
Uses: Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Butterflies
Propagation: Seeds: Stratify seeds: 30 days with cold and moist


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Posted by jmorth (central Illinois) on Oct 29, 2011 11:56 AM

Midwestern wildflower blooming August into October. Habitat - low, moist ground in wooded valleys along streams. Able to form large colonies in bottomland forests of dense yellow patches in September.

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Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Mar 17, 2018 8:51 AM

I have occasionally seen this wild native plant (Alternate-leaved Wingstem) in some spots around in southeast Pennsylvania. It grows in moist to mesic soils in bottomlands, woodland edges, riverbanks, roadsides, and meadows-prairies from eastern Ontario & New York & Rhode Island down into Florida to east Texas to Nebraska into Iowa to lower Michigan and back. It is a tall, upright forb from 3 to 8 feet high. Its rough leaves are alternate on the winged stems. Its yellow petals droop down and its flowers bloom in August-September and are loved by many bees, bumblebees, some butterflies, and other insects. It is a pretty plant that is offered by some native plant nurseries as seed or plants. It is not recommended for small gardens as it is aggressive to increase itself. (There is a Crownbeard (V. occidentalis) that is similar except for having opposite leaves and tends to be smaller from Missouri to Pennsylvania and southward.) (There is also a Yellow Crownbeard (V. helianthoides) this is very similar but is shorter, hairier, with more ray florets of 8 to 15 that don't droop, and blooms earlier starting in June.)

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MrsBinWY On March 11, 2017 Seeds sown
coffee filter in baggie in fridge for 30 days, little bit of H2O2, 16 seeds from molanic; jugged 4-15-17
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