Verbesina dissita

Bigleaf Crownbeard

Plant Type: Perennial
Sun: Sun
Drainage: Medium, Well-draining
Water: Naturalize, Occasional
Height X Width: 2' X 3'
Santa Clara County Local: No
What do these mean?



This unusual plant is found in coastal settings around Dana Point in Orange County. In my San Jose garden it has formed a low dense mat of arrowhead shapes leaves. The flower stocks rise to about two feet and display numerous yellow flowers of about two inches in diameter. These are popular with a variety of pollinators. The bigleaf crownbeard has done quite well for a couple years in a well-draining bed of gritty soil, full sun and little or no water after establishment. So far it has not shown a tendency to become “leggy” as do other members of the sunflower family such as Venegasia and Encelia. At this point, I do have to consider this an experimental plant in the San Francisco Bay Area. So far, the results have been promising and rewarding.


Deer Resistant: No
Attractive to Bees: Yes
Attractive to Butterflies: Yes
Good Under Oaks: No
Evergreen or Deciduous: Evergreen