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Verbesina alternifolia

Verbesina alternifolia
Winged stems
Verbesina alternifolia
Seedheads ripen in early autumn: intricately arranged curvy clusters of flat seeds

Synonym(s) Actinomeris alternifolia; Coreopsis alternifolia
Common name wingstem
Family asteraceae
Life cycle perennial
Flowers yellow (Aug-Oct)
Size to 12'
Light sun-part shade
From seed self-seeds in our garden.
Flowers first year from seed sown indoors early.
detailed seed-starting info below
Seed ripensmid-October

Somewhat coarse US native wildflower, named for the ridges along its upright stem. The reflexed yellow flowers, in loose clusters, make a splash of color in late summer. We've let a good stand of them grow wild in a back corner of the garden, where they duke it out with a few other assertive perennials. They self-seed prolifically, but luckily they aren't difficult to pull up where they are not desired.

Masses of flowers in late August
Verbesina alternifolia
Late June - far from flowering, but already vigorously populating our back hillside...
Two months later, that stand is in full bloom

We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.

Seed for this plant is included on my seed trade list

One or more images of this plant are included in my stock photo catalog

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed from '06 trade. Baggy 35F (6w) - 70F (18d; 60%G, 3-7d) - 75F (no further G)

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