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Yellow Crownbeard is a member of the aster family with typically two, yellow ray flowers that blooms in mid to late summer. Verbesina occidentalis has a winged stem caused by the continuation of the petioles down along the stem. It is a tall plant, from 3 feet to 10 feet tall.
Common along roadsides and forest edges in AL, DC, DE, FL, GA, IL, KY, LA, MD, MO, MS, NC, OH, OK, PA, SC, TN, TX, VA, WV. This one was photographed at Savannah River Bluffs Heritage Preserve in North Augusta (Aiken County), SC.
Spotted on Sep 15, 2012
Submitted on Mar 29, 2013