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PlantFiles: Diverseleaf Crownbeard, Variable-leaf Crownbeard
Verbesina heterophylla

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Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Verbesina (ver-bes-SIGH-nuh) (Info)
Species: heterophylla (het-er-oh-FIL-uh) (Info)

Synonym:Verbesina warei
Synonym:Verbesina pauciflora
Synonym:Pterophyton pauciflorum
Synonym:Pterophyton heterophyllum
Synonym:Actinomeris squarrosa

Category:
Herbs
Perennials

Height:
12-18 in. (30-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Spacing:
15-18 in. (38-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Hardiness:
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:
N/A

Bloom Color:
Gold (Yellow-Orange)

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall

Foliage:
Herbaceous
Velvet/Fuzzy-Textured

Other details:
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings
This plant is fire-retardant

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
Non-patented

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible

Profile:

No positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

RatingAuthorContent
Neutral MotherNature4 On Aug 18, 2009, MotherNature4 from Bartow, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

This species is endemic to the flatwoods northeast Florida.
It has clasping leaves that are rough and hairy.
It has mostly disc flowers with only a few yellow rays.



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