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Wildflowers of Texas, Plant Resources Center, University of Texas at Austin

Frostweed   Verbesina virginica    
Sunflower family — Asteraceae

Also known as:
Iceplant, White Crownbeard, Virginia Crownbeard, Richweed, Squawweed, Indian Tobacco, Tickseed, Tickweed

Slides: (click for larger view)


A tall fall-blooming perennial, frostweed is usually the most common wildflower of woodlands and forests along streams and in canyons in the eastern half of the state. The season's first hard freeze cracks the stems of these plants; as the sap oozes out of the cracks, it freezes into lacy ice sculptures. Frostweed is also an excellent nectar source for butterflies.

Dried Specimens: (click for larger view)


Flowering Months: August, September, October, November

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