Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1606

Forb
Perennial

Native to Georgia, North Carolina, & possibly South Carolina

Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common

Look for it in pastures, bottomlands, streamsides, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun partial shade ...Wet ...Moist ...Variable

LEAVES:
Simple
Alternate

FLOWER:
Summer/Fall
Disc: Purplish-blue
Rays: Absent
Bisexual
Inferior ovary

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Achene

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Campanulids: Asterales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Vernonia gigantea   FAMILY Asteraceae__

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Vernonia gigantea ssp. gigantea   FAMILY Asteraceae__

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 179-27-006:
Vernonia altissima   FAMILY Asteraceae__

 

COMMON NAME:
Tall Ironweed, Common Ironweed


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image of Vernonia gigantea, Tall Ironweed, Common Ironweed

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_veal7_001_lvd

        

image of Vernonia gigantea, Tall Ironweed, Common Ironweed

Mike Strickland    mst060304_vgigantea

June        

image of Vernonia gigantea, Tall Ironweed, Common Ironweed

Mike Strickland    mst071605_vgigantea

July        

To 7' tall, with lanceolate, toothed leaves that are downy below, per Gardening with the Native Plants of Tennessee.

image of Vernonia gigantea, Tall Ironweed, Common Ironweed

Mike Strickland    mst081504a_vgigantea

August        

Bracts overlapping, appressed, purplish, apex rounded to a short tip, per Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.

image of Vernonia gigantea, Tall Ironweed, Common Ironweed

Mike Strickland    mst081504b_vgigantea

August        

image of Vernonia gigantea, Tall Ironweed, Common Ironweed

JK Marlow    jkm180924_4907

September    McCormick County    SC

Parks Mill

image of Vernonia gigantea, Tall Ironweed, Common Ironweed

JK Marlow    jkm180924_4908

September    McCormick County    SC

Parks Mill

image of Vernonia gigantea, Tall Ironweed, Common Ironweed

JK Marlow    jkm180924_4909

September    McCormick County    SC

Parks Mill

image of Vernonia gigantea, Tall Ironweed, Common Ironweed

Mike Strickland    mst091403_vgigantea

September        

13-30 flwrs per head (vs. 30-55 in V. noveboracensis), in terminal corymbs, per Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.

image of Vernonia gigantea, Tall Ironweed, Common Ironweed

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_v_gigantea_tall_1

October    Floyd County    GA

image of Vernonia gigantea, Tall Ironweed, Common Ironweed

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_v_gigantea_tall_1b

October    Floyd County    GA

image of Vernonia gigantea, Tall Ironweed, Common Ironweed

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_v_gigantea_tall_1c

October    Floyd County    GA

image of Vernonia gigantea, Tall Ironweed, Common Ironweed

Mike Strickland    mst110407_vgigantea

November        

Nutlets 3-4mm long; pappus tawny to purple, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Vernonia gigantea, Tall Ironweed, Common Ironweed

Mike Strickland    mst110504_vgigantea

November