Verbesina encelioides
(Cowpen Daisy)

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Facts About this Plant:

    Common Names: Cowpen Daisy, Golden Crownbeard, Butter Daisy, Gold Weed, Wild Sunflower, Crown Beard, American Dogweed, South African Daisy
    Lifespan: Annual
    Zones: N/A
    Type: Forb
    Bloom Time: April - November
    Status: Native

Verbesina encelioides, or Cowpen Daisy, is native to the southwestern and central United States, and it has also been introduced into other areas, like the southeast. It is an annual of dry, sandy areas like prairies, fields, roadsides, especially in disturbed soil. The plant is a late bloomer, so it is a great nectar source for butterflies and bees late into the season.

This plant is different from most in the genus because it has a large, bushy habit, rather than single tall stalks with flowers on them; additionally, it is an annual, which is also not typical for this group; finally, its triangular, toothed leaves help distinguish it from most other plants, as well as an almost powdery appearance due to small hairs on the leaves.

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