Identify a wildflower

Asked September 19, 2020, 12:19 PM EDT

Can you identify this common wildflower? My husband brought me a stalk, and I said it was goldenrod, but he insisted it didn’t match the pictures I showed him. It has a square stem, alternating spade shaped leaves. The plants are 6’ tall, found at an abandoned, sunny homesite. I’ve attached an image.

St. Mary's County Maryland

1 Response

This looks like yellow crownbeard (Verbesina occidentalis). https://www.marylandbiodiversity.com/view/4450

There is a very similar species, wingstem (Verbesina alternifolia) which is also in bloom now and found in similar habitats. https://www.marylandbiodiversity.com/view/4449

V. alternifolia
has alternating leaves along the stem whereas V. occidentalis has an opposite leaf arrangement. https://virginiawildflowers.org/2015/08/09/yellow-crownbeard/

They both are native wildflowers.

Christa