Hardiness: USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 °C (-10 °F) USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 °C (-5 °F) USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 °C (0 °F) USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 °C (5 °F) USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 °C (10 °F) USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 °C (15 °F)
Sun Exposure: Full Sun Sun to Partial Shade Light Shade Partial to Full Shade Full Shade
On Jul 3, 2008, Sheila_FW from Fort Worth, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:
Frostweed is a very hardy grower and reseeds generously. So if you don't have the space clip the blooms before they drop seeds. I agressively prune mine so they are not so tall in my beds. I have enjoyed having Frostweed in the shade and sun, and also enjoyed watching a large variety of butterflies that nectar on it. The native plant is also a larval host plant for butterflies. Three that are in Texas are the Bordered Patch, Silvery Checkerspot, and the Summer Azure.
On Feb 27, 2004, MotherNature4 from Bartow, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:
This plant grows almost all over the state of Florida. It loves sunny, wet ditches and open hammocks. It is most attractive in late fall when the white flowers are covering the plants. Considered a large weed, people don't usually grow it in their yards.
Two other species of Verbesina are endemic to Florida.
On Feb 26, 2004, frostweed from Josephine, Arlington, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:
Frostweed is a wonderful plant that will tolerate both full sun and full shade. The leaves are lovely all season and the white blossoms are delicate and beautiful. In cold winters the stem will burst after a hard frost and a frothy ice will form on the stem, thereby the name Frostweed.
The plant is also known as Indian tobaco. It is said to have been used by Indians, Mexicans and settlers as a tobacco substitute.
Verbesina virginica is native to Texas and other States.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
Barling, Arkansas Bartow, Florida Ellenton, Florida Fruitville, Florida Gainesville, Florida Limestone Creek, Florida Melrose Park, Florida Derby, Kansas Coushatta, Louisiana Marietta, Mississippi Okatie, South Carolina Austin, Texas (2 reports) Briaroaks, Texas College Station, Texas Dallas, Texas Dalworthington Gardens, Texas Fort Worth, Texas Frisco, Texas Glenn Heights, Texas Houston, Texas Kendalia, Texas San Antonio, Texas Scenic Oaks, Texas Wyldwood, Texas