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Nature Photography by Paul Rebmann
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A common wildflower of stream banks, open hammocks and coastal hammocks throughout much of Florida. The range includes the southeastern states and more, extending west into Texas through Kansas and north into Iowa through Pennsylvania.
The stout stems of frostweed are pubescent and can grow to 2m (6-1/2 ft.) tall. The coarsely toothed leaves are alternate, ovate to lanceolate with wings on the petioles that extend down the stem. Also called white crownbeard, the flowers are in corymbs and consist of from one to five white rays per flower and usually about 10 disk florets. Flowers appear from summer through fall, fruits are dark brown pubescent achenes.
To see why this plant is called frostweed, visit the Verbesina virginica page at 2bnthewild.com