Verbesina L.

Verbesina is a New World genus of ca. 150-200 species. Most species are confined to warm-temperate to (sub-) tropical regions. Three or four species are sometimes cultivated for ornament in Europe (Brown 2000; Jäger & al. 2008).

  • Plant perennial, tall (100-200 cm). Ligular florets less than 10 (usually 6-8). Internodes winged === 1. Verbesina alternifolia
  • Plant annual, smaller (rarely exceeding 50 cm). Ligular florets more numerous (usually 12-15). Internodes not winged === 2. V. encelioides


Brown N. (2000) Verbesina. In: Cullen J. & al. (eds.), The European Garden Flora, vol. 6. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge: 650-651.

Coleman J.R. (1966) A taxonomic revision of section Ximenesia of the genus Verbesina (Compositae). Amer. Midl. Naturalist 76: 475-481.

Jäger E.J., Ebel F., Hanelt P. & Müller G. (eds.) (2008) Rothmaler Band 5. Exkursionsflora von Deutschland. Krautige Zier- und Nutzpflanzen. Springer Verlag, Berlin: 880 p.

Strother J.L. (2006) Verbesina. In: Flora of North America Editorial Committee (eds.), Flora of North America, vol. 21. Oxford University Press, New York-Oxford: 106-111.

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Scratchpads developed and conceived by (alphabetical): Ed Baker, Katherine Bouton Alice Heaton Dimitris Koureas, Laurence Livermore, Dave Roberts, Simon Rycroft, Ben Scott, Vince Smith