Frostweed
Verbesina virginica

Frostweed

The six foot tall, winged stalks and up to 10 inch long, deeply lobed leaves give frostweed a rank appearence. It is during the late summer when heads of butterfly attracting white flowers appear that the value of this plant is realized.

Frostweed is found along canals or the edge of salt marshes in dense colonies. Due to the abundance of seedlings that sprout around the plant, frostweed is not recommended for small gardens.

Drought tolerance and the ability to out compete most weeds makes this an interesting background plant.

Mass along a lake edge, roadway or mix with elderberry, salt bush, or wax myrtle. Frostweed may get large numbers of black aphids on the new growth. These are food for predatory insects and do no harm to the plant.