GIANT IRONWEED (Vernonia gigantea)

WHAT FLORIDA NATIVE PLANT IS BLOOMING TODAY?: GIANT IRONWEED (Vernonia gigantea)

This beauty can grow to 6ft, so plan for a back location in the garden. Loved by pollinators.

Photo depicts buds (and a gray hairstreak butterfly)

Learn: http://www.fnps.org/plants/plant/vernonia-gigantea

Native American Ethnobotany for this genus: http://herb.umd.umich.edu/herb/search.pl?searchstring=Vernonia

Full bloom from June 2012:

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