Actinomeris. Verbesina helianthoides Michx. (Actinomeris helianthoides Nutt.) (Fam. Compositae.)—At one time known as Gravel Weed, Diabetes Weed, now known as Sunflower Crown-beard. It is a perennial herb growing in the thickets and on dry prairies from Ohio and Missouri to Texas and Georgia. The root is said to be largely used in Upper Georgia in dropsy and chronic cystitis. Dose of infusion (one ounce to a pint), one fluidounce (30 mils).