White Wingstem (Verbesina Virginica)

Here is one of our white wingstems from our Habitat Demo Garden at the Nature Center. White wingstem goes by an array of names: Frostweed, White Crownbeard, Indian Tobacco, and Iceplant. The name "Frostweed" was applied because of the white "wings" of frost that appear on the stem during the first winter frost. This lithe member of the Composite or Sunflower family can be found along the Eastern seaboard, from Florida all the way up to Quebec. Another distinctive feature of this species are the green "wings" of leafy material along its stem, hence the name, "wingstem."