GIANT IRONWEED (Vernonia gigantea)

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

Can reach heights of 9ft, so plant as a backdrop. Loved by pollinators, including hummingbirds. For moist locations.

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

Larval host: Emerald Moth Caterpillar (Synchlora spp.)

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

Where does it grow in Florida? http://www.florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/Plant.aspx?id=3255

My take: http://nativeplantwildlifegarden.com/native-plant-of-steel/

Seeds available: http://www.floridawildflowers.com/products/Vernonia-gigantea-%252d-Giant%C2%A0Ironweed.html

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