Wingstem (Verbesina alternifolia)

Native to the Ozark Region, and with high ecological value for pollinators, Wingstem has pleasantly fuzzy leaves and a daisy-like yellow flower. Before the blossoms appear, the plant resembles Ironweed, prompting the additional common name of Yellow Ironweed. The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation recognizes Wingstem as having special value to pollinators because it supports a great diversity of bees and wasps. It is also a host plant for Silvery Checkerspot butterfly, Summer Azure butterfly, and Gold Moth. (information from Prairie Moon Nursery.)

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Pertinent technical details or techniques: Canon 60D, Canon 70-300mm IS USM Zoom @ 260mm, f/9.5, ISO 400, 1/125 sec. Processed for exposure and color in Canon DPP and PSE 2020.

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Terry: I like the story this image tells. I could see cropping this a lot tighter top and bottom but I think showing the environment works well as is. >=))>

Thanks, Bill. I wasn’t sure about the crop, but wanted to convey that this plant, when in the right conditions, will happily colonize itself providing excellent habitat for our native pollinators.