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New York Ironweed (Vernonia noveboracensis)

Image ID: 2017/co2

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Family: Asteraceae (Sunflower)
Height: 3 to 6 ft.
Blooms: August to October
Leaf Type: toothed
Bloom Size:  0.75 in. (typical)
Flower Description: Flat or rounded clusters, Parts indistinct
Location: C&O Canal Towpath
Date:  7/26/2017
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New York Ironweed may be easily confused with:
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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