Scientific NameVerbesina occidentalis
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This plant has oval, hairless cotyledons, and develops from a basal crown. It can be found flowering from late summer through early fall. The stems can be found through the winter, long after the plant has died.
The lanceolate leaves grow from 3 to 8 inches in length and 1 to 3 inches wide. The leaves have a serrated margin and are generally hairless.
This plant has distinctive wings that run the length of the stems. Wingstem is similar to stickweed, but can be distinguished by its alternate leaves.
Flower Seed Head
The yellow flowers occur in clusters at the ends of the stems. Each flower is composed of smaller disc flowers in the center, and ray flowers along the edges. The ray flowers grow from 3/4 to 1 1/4 inches in length.
The seeds develop inside a brown nutlet.
This plant prefers full or partial sunlight in moist soil. It can normally be found growing in fertile soils near woodland areas, rivers, pastures and abandoned fields.
upright and nonwoody,
woody bush or tree
Thorns or Spines
Approximate Flower Diameter
Dominant Flower Color
shorter than leaf
Stem Cross Section
round or oval,
square or multi-edged
corm/ enlarged stem/ nutlet