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Frostweed (Verbesina virginica)

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Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Partial or Dappled Shade
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 5b -26.1 °C (-15 °F) to -23.3 °C (-10 °F)
Plant Height: up to 7'
Leaves: Good fall color
Unusual foliage color
Other: lance shaped, up to 7" long
Fruit: Edible to mammals
Edible to birds
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: White
Flower Time: Summer
Late summer or early fall
Uses: Erosion control
Attracts Bees
Attracts Birds
Attracts Butterflies
Attracts Hummingbirds
Will Naturalize
Suitable for xeriscaping
Propagation: Seeds: Suitable for wintersowing
Other info: This plant self seeds.
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Tip

Even trimmed it will tower if allowed.

Garden Tour:  Frostweed, (Josephine)Garden Tour: Frostweed, (Josephine)
By Sharon, December 10, 2011

We're going to Texas this week to visit the beautiful gardens of Frostweed. Come join us as we see what this very gracious lady has to share.

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Posted by jmorth (central Illinois) on Dec 6, 2011 2:34 AM

An uncommon wildflower in Illinois (near Wabash River in southeast part of state) found in open woods, valleys, and by streamsides.
Uncommon but certainly worthy of seeking out late in the fall after first hard freeze. After a hard freeze 'frost flowers' are produced. Frost flowers are ribbons of ice oozing out of cracks at the stem's base. What has transpired is pretty unusual... Sap from still living roots freezes as it emerges from dead stem, yet it elongates 'like a ribbon' as more fluid sap is pushed out.

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Posted by imabirdnut (North Texas - Zone 7b) on Aug 30, 2012 6:52 AM

Great Fall nectar plant.
Host plant for
Bordered Patch (Chlosyne lacinia)
Silvery Checkerspot (Chlosyne nycteis)
Summer Azure (Celastrina neglecta)

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