Verbesina virginica

frostweed, white crownbeard

Asteraceae (Compositae)

wildlife plant   wildlife plant

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Plant Specifics

Form: flower
Life Span: short-lived perennial
Size: Height: 4-5 (6) ft
Phenology: winter dormant
Noted for: Showy flowers


Recommended Uses: Background plant in a wildflower garden. Also useful as a mass planting along a forest edge. This plant is best used in informal settings and does well if allowed to naturalize.
Propagation: Seed. Division--best done when dormant in the winter. Seeds are available through the Florida Wildflowers Growers Cooperative.
Availability: Native nurseries, Specialty providers, Seed
Light: light requirement   light requirement  
Moisture Tolerance:
Salt Tolerance: Not salt tolerant
Soil or other substrate: Sand, clay, loam
Soil pH Range: Adaptable


wildlife plant   wildlife plant  
Attracts native bees.
Native Habitats: Moist forest edges.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida

USDA Zones:

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Suitable to grow in:


Leaves dried and used as tobacco by some indigenous peoples.

Other Comments:

Each stem has soft, fleshy green flanges running longitudinally down its length. When winter weather brings ice, the stems exude water that freezes into fascinating shapes, hence its common name frostweed.