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Growth Facts

Audubon® Yellow Wingstem

Verbesina helianthoides
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This waterwise wildflower requires little care and benefits wildlife. Yellow Wingstem is an easygoing native that features yellow daisy flowers in early summer on strong, tall stems. The blooms have a tousled look; some petals are often twisted or missing. The flowers look a bit like the science fair project of a kid who waits until the last minute to throw it together, but the pollinators don’t mind at all, and many species of native bees visit them. Finches and sparrows may dine on Yellow Wingstem’s late-summer seeds as well. A worthy addition to informal borders and meadows.

May Benefit & Attract: cardinals & grosbeaks, wrens, sparrows, thrushes, orioles, finches, mockingbirds & thrashers, vireos, wood warblers

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Growth Facts

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The Story

Yellow Wingstem gets its name from the five thin “wings” running down its stems. This plant is also called Gravelweed, for its tolerance of rocky sites. Native from Kansas to Ohio in the North and from Texas to Alabama in the South, it pops up in open woodlands, thickets, and roadside cuts, where birds spread the seeds. Native bees that gratefully gather the pollen and nectar are many, including bumblebees, leafcutter bees, dagger bees, sweat bees, cuckoo bees, and carpenter bees. Small butterflies and skippers may sip from the flowers, too.

The Details

Yellow Wingstem also nourishes insects with its foliage. One special one is the silvery checkerspot butterfly, a pretty little creature with intricately patterned orange and black wings. Its caterpillars feed in groups, but don’t worry about them destroying your plants, because birds and other predators generally keep populations in check.

How to Grow

Plant Yellow Wingstem in all-day sun if possible and give it regular water during the first year of establishment. After it has settled in, it will be fairly drought tolerant. Leave the seedheads standing over the winter for the birds to pick at. Cut them down in spring, if desired, being careful to look for silvery checkerspot caterpillars. When a brood hatches late in the season, the tiny caterpillars will overwinter at the base of the plant, rather than morphing in to butterflies that year. Yellow Wingstem may self-sow in the garden, but not so much that it is considered a nuisance.

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