Aug 17 2013

Now Blooming: Wingstem

Published by at 7:30 am under Plants

Wingstem blooming (photo by Kate St. John)

Wingstem (Verbesina alternifolia) is now blooming in sunny woodlands in western Pennsylvania.

It's easy to identify by its ragged yellow flowers whose central disk stands up and whose petals look as if they've been blown back by a strong wind.

Failing that, you'll be able to identify it by the stem which has several "wings" or flanges that run its length.

The stem of Wingstem (photo by Kate St. John)

Wing. Stem.


(photos by Kate St. John)

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2 Responses to “Now Blooming: Wingstem”

  1. Marcy Con 17 Aug 2013 at 9:27 pm

    Remember when you learned about these???? LOL…..the Summer Azure like to use these as host plants and lots of butterflies and other pollinators love them too…

  2. Barbara Simonon 17 Aug 2013 at 10:22 pm

    And it is quite tall – close to six feet sometimes. I’ve seen it many places, but the last one was at Nine Mile Run walking trail near Commercial Street.

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