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Verbesina olsenii

Mexican Winged Crown-Beard

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Item #: 4731

Zones: 7a to 9b


Height: 120" tall

Culture: Sun

Origin: Mexico

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

Do you need something really bold and brazen in your garden and can't afford a bronze of Dennis Rodman? Try the Mexican Verbesina olsenii. This steroidal version of our small-statured US native was collected by the folks at Yucca Do in Mexico (coll #T72-75). After years of trials, we have been thrilled with its performance. Each 10' tall giant is composed of amazing, thick, green, heavily-winged stems that are clothed with 15" long, mitten-like leaves...reason enough to grow this gem. In late October, unless you've had an early frost, these massive clumps are topped with 1' wide clusters of small, bright yellow daisies that emit a delicious tootsie-roll fragrance.