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Wingstem (Verbesina alternifolia) is a tall, striking perennial native to the eastern and central United States, including the Southeast. Known for its distinctive winged stems and bright yellow flowers, this plant is a standout in naturalistic gardens and wildflower meadows.

Wingstem thrives in full sun to part shade and prefers moist, well-drained soil. It can grow to an impressive height of 48 to 96 inches with a spread of 24 to 36 inches, creating a bold vertical presence in the landscape. The plant produces clusters of yellow, daisy-like flowers from late summer to early fall. These blooms are highly attractive to bees and butterflies, providing a valuable nectar source during the late season.

Ecologically, Verbesina alternifolia supports pollinator populations, making it an excellent addition to wildlife-friendly gardens. Its robust growth and nectar-rich flowers contribute to garden biodiversity, promoting a healthy ecosystem.

In landscaping, Wingstem is ideal for adding height and color to borders, rain gardens, and naturalized areas. It pairs well with other native perennials and grasses, creating a dynamic and visually appealing garden design. Its low maintenance needs and ecological benefits make it a valuable choice for gardeners looking to enhance their outdoor spaces with native plants.

Wingstem - Verbesina alternifolia

  • Zone: 4-8

    Spread: 2-6 ft.

    Height: 4-8 ft.

    Sun: Full sun to partial shade

    Water: Average

    Attracts: Butterflies

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