Common Name: Wingstem

Scientific Name: Verbesina alternifolia

Family: Asteraceae 

Habitat: Woodlands, Slopes, Riverbanks, Meadows, Open Woods, Along Ponds and Streams

Native: Yes

Life Cycle: Perennial

Bloom Time: Summer, Fall

Height: Up to 8 feet

Light: Full sun to partial shade

Soil: Moist, Well drained

Pollinators: Bees, Butterflies

Description: Wingstem is a native perennial wildflower that can be identified by its yellow, daisy-like flowers that bloom between late summer and fall. Wingstem, which can grow up to 8 feet tall, grows and spreads abundantly in woodlands, meadows, and along slopes, rivers, and streams in moist soil and full sun to partly shady conditions. Wingstem, which is an important flower for bees, also attracts butterflies, and can be planted in native gardens and pollinator gardens. This photo of Wingstem was taken in the White Pine Stand along Mahan Lane at Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve.