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Tall Ironweed (Vernonia altissima)

Image ID: 2013/mtr163

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Family: Asteraceae (Sunflower)
Height: 3 to 7 ft.
Blooms: August to October
Leaf Type: smooth
Bloom Size:  1 in. (typical)
Flower Description: Flat or rounded clusters, Parts indistinct
Location: Montour Trail
Date:  8/31/2013
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Folklore, History, and Other Facts
The common name attests to the toughness of the stem.
We started out as wildflowers from the bicycle trails of western Pennsylvania, but we've grown!
Meyer, Joseph E. (1918). The Herbalist and Herb Doctor. Hammond, Ind.: Indiana Herb Gardens. 400 pp.

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