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).

There is a very similar species, wingstem (Verbesina alternifolia) which is also in bloom now and found in similar habitats.

V. alternifolia
has alternating leaves along the stem whereas V. occidentalis has an opposite leaf arrangement.

They both are native wildflowers.