Native Plant of the Day 09/25/2015
Photo from 9/6/2010. Location: Walker County, GA
White Crownbeard – for more photos and information go to the Verbesina virginica detail page.
We awoke this morning for our first white Christmas since 1989 (at least in the lower elevations) here in the greater Chattanooga area. Naturally this is enchanting to most of us, so my wife and I took a drive around the neighborhood on Christmas morning, cameras in hand. These Yellow Crownbeard (Verbesina occidentalis) attracted my attention, holding most of the 2 inches of snow we’ve received on their flower heads.
I thought I was going to need to put “term limits” on the Native Wildflower of the Month with Purple Passionflower getting the most visits for three months in a row, but in October, Yellow Crownbeard – Verbesina occidentalis – squeezed past with more visits in September, to reign during the month of October as the most popular plant on the site.
White Crownbeard, a native species, has been added to the USWildflowers database (09/20/2010.) Scientific name is Verbesina virginica. Other common names are Frostweed, Iceplant, Iceweed, Virginia Crownbeard, Indian Tobacco, Richweed, and Squawweed. Photo below was taken in Walker County, Ga on Sep 6, 2010.