Nodding Onion Gardens

Native Plant Nursery

Where Wildflowers Grow

Columbia Station, Ohio, USA


 Verbesina alternifolia - Wingstem

Ohio Native Plant - Natural Range

 Verbesina alternifolia

The United State Department of Agriculture and Natural Resource has a wonderful map showing the natural range of Wingstem

Verbesina alternifolia - Wingstem
Verbesina alternifolia - Wingstem

Wildlife Significance

Nectar -
Butterflies including the Pearl crescent, skippers, moths, long-tongued bees (bumblebees)

Pollen - long-tongued bees (bumblebees)

Host Plant - Pearl crescent caterpillar

Deer -  Not a favorite of this plant

For detailed information visit the Illinois Wildflower website

Rasberries flourished growing near Wingstem
Rasberries flourished growing near Wingstem
Abundance of Berries

Wingstem growing near my raspberries seemed to increase our bounty. Be cautious where you plant Wingstem it truly  spreads like "wildflower"  
wingsten growing near Alleghney River
Wingstem - Allegheny River Trail, PA
Cultivation Information
Flower Color - Yellow
Height - 6 - 8 feet
Blooms - July - October
Sun- Full/part shade

Hardy Zone - 5 to 9

Soil - moist - lots of organic material

Family - Asteraceae
*Note Beware! Although Wingstem attracts a large number of pollinators, which certailny affects our raspberry patch positively, we decided years ago not to sell it. In our opinion it is too prolific for small backyards.
wingstem near soy field
B&O Richland Trail, Ohio - Wingstem growing near a soybean field.
Rasberry jam
Look what happens when one raises native plants near the garden!
Seed Provenance - Nodding Onion Gardens - Friends property Rocky River, Ohio