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Wingstem, Yellow

Verbesina helianthoides

Quail, songbirds, and small mammals eat seeds; pretty in plantings



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Yellow Wingstem is a perennial plant with a fibrous root system. Wings, or flaps of leafy tissue, run down the length of the stem, and the flowers are yellow thus the common name Yellow Wingstem. Other common names include Yellow Crownbeard and Gravelweed. The origin of the genus name, Verbesina, is not known, but some have suggested that it is the result of a printer’s error for Forbesina. The species name, helianthoides, is Latin meaning “like a sunflower”. A scientific synonym is Actinomeris helianthoides.

Wildlife notes

The seeds are relished by bobwhite quail, songbirds and small mammal species. The plant is eaten by deer in summer, and the caterpillars of a couple species of butterfly feed on the foliage as well. Flowers are visited primarily by long-tongued bees including bumblebees, honeybees and others for the pollen and nectar.


Additional information

Weight N/A

Packet, Ounce, Pound


Full Sun to Part Shade





Bloom Month

May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep



Specialty Uses


Cattle Palatability

Good, Fair

What is PLS?

Pure Live Seed (PLS) is the portion of good viable seed per pound. It is a measure of the seed that is alive and able to sprout into plants. This product is sold by PLS ounce/pound. To provide one ounce/pound of viable seed, you will receive more than one ounce/pound of product. Read more about PLS here.