Verbesina rothrockii Rothrock Crownbeard
PERENNIAL. Leaves opposite, clasping the stem, not stalked.
Leaves are arrow-shaped, with widely spaced irregular teeth and a prominent
midvein, and feel rough like sandpaper. Stems do not branch, and
flowers are borne singly on long stalks. Flowers large (to 5 cm),
golden yellow, blooming April-May. Prominent round seedheads.
Seeds flat, black with broad white wings, 1 cm long. The base of
the seed is not noticeably notched. Common in the Empires along washes,
usually on dirt banks, gravel bars, or other deep, loose sediment.
FAMILY: Asteraceae (Composite or Daisy Family)