How to Grow Verbesina Encelioides | Golden Crownbeard Care

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Last Updated: 27.10.2023

Want to add some sunshine to your garden? Learn How to grow Verbesina Encelioides with the essential tips to make your garden bloom.

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One often overlooked wildflower that can add a touch of beauty and whimsy to any garden is Golden Crownbeard. However, growing this plant can be a bit tricky and requires some specific care. In this blog, we will share some tips and tricks on how to successfully grow Verbesina Encelioides.

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Verbesina Encelioides – Key Facts

NameVerbesina Encelioides
Common NamesGolden crownbeard, Crown-beard, Gold weed, Cowpen daisy, Butter daisy, American dogweed, Wild sunflower, and South African daisy.
OriginUnited States and Mexico
TypeFlowering Plant
Outdoor/IndoorOutdoor
SoilWell-drained soil
Temperature15°C to 32°C
WateringLow
SunlightFull Sun
FlowersYellow Flowers
Blooming SeasonSpring to Fall
Height2 – 5 Feet (60cm – 150cm)

About Verbesina Encelioides

Verbesina encelioides is a species of flowering plant in the family Asteraceae. This plant is home-grown in the southwestern United States and northern Mexico, maximum reaching a height of 2 to 5 feet. It’s well-loved for its striking yellow flowers and its remarkable adaptability to arid surroundings.

This plant has many medicinal uses also However, it’s important to note that Verbesina Encelioides can be toxic to certain animals, such as horses and cattle, especially when consumed in large quantities.

Common names of Verbesina Encelioides in different Indian languages

In Hindi, it’s known as “Gandhabel.”
Tamil refers to it as “Manjal Malligai.”
In Telugu, it goes by “Gandhamalli.”
Marathi commonly calls it “Gandhaphul.”
Bengali names it “Gandhamalika.”
And in Kannada, you’ll hear it as “Gandhabasu.”

How to Propagate Verbesina Encelioides

You can grow Verbesina Encelioides from seeds, stem cuttings, or by dividing its roots.

Growing from Seeds: After the flowers have dried and the seed heads have turned brown, you can gather mature seeds from the plant. To get started, place these seeds in soil that drains well, lightly covering them with a thin layer of soil. It’s important to maintain the soil’s moisture and warmth. With proper care, you can anticipate seed germination within 1 to 2 weeks.

Propagating from Stem Cuttings: Take a stem cutting from the plant, about 5 inches long, and remove the lower leaves. Dip the cut end in rooting hormone and plant it in a well-draining soil mix. Keep the soil moist and warm, and the cutting should root in 2-3 weeks. 

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Requirements to Grow Verbesina Encelioides

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Sunlight

This plant thrives in full sunlight and prefers at least 6 to 8 hours of direct sunlight every day. It can also grow in partial shade, but it produces fewer flowers and have a less compact growth habit. 

When growing this plant in regions with hot and dry summers, consider providing it with some afternoon shade. This can help protect the plant from stress or sunburn caused by intense sunlight.

Soil

Verbesina Encelioides can be grown in a variety of soil but prefers well-draining soil that is rich in organic matter. It’s best to grow this plant in soil that has a pH between 6.0 and 7.5. . 

Water

When it comes to watering, it prefers low watering. The plant should be watered deeply whenever the top inch of soil feels dry to the touch. The need for watering may vary, depending on the specific climate and local humidity levels.

Temperature

Verbesina Encelioides is a heat-loving plant that can tolerate high temperatures and humidity. It can be grown in a variety of regions with warm to hot temperatures.

As long as the plant is not exposed to long time of extreme heat or drought. The preferable temperature for growing this plant is between 15°C to 32°C.

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Verbesina Encelioides Care 

Fertilizer

It generally does not require a lot of fertilizer, but it can benefit from occasional feedings during the growing season. You can fertilize Verbesina Encelioides with a balanced liquid fertilizer in 2-3 months.

Pruning

Pruning is not required for Verbesina Encelioides, but you can remove damaged stems to promote a more compact growth habit. You can also deadhead spent flowers to encourage the plant to produce more blooms.

If the plant becomes too large, you can trim it back in the early spring before new growth appears. 

Pests and Diseases 

Verbesina Encelioides is generally pest and disease resistant, but it can be susceptible to fungal diseases in humid conditions. To prevent fungal infections, avoid overhead watering and ensure good air circulation around the plant. If you notice the sign of wilting or yellowing leaves, remove the affected foliage and treat the plant with a fungicide.

As for pests, Verbesina Encelioides may attract aphids, sap-sucking insects, whiteflies, and spider mites. You can control these pests by spraying the plant with insecticidal soap or neem oil. 

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