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Green Landscaping: Greenacres

Native Plants of the Great Lakes

North Branch Restoration Project Seed Book

Vernonia Fasciculata / Family: Asteraceae
Common Ironweed, Swink/Wilhelm # 5

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FLOWERING: Mid-July through September

SEED TIMING: Mid-October

HABITAT: Wet prairies

DIAGNOSTIC FEATURES: 2 - 6 feet. Smooth, erect, red or purple stem with lance-shaped leaves. Flat-topped clusters of intense purple, tufted flower heads. Eye stopper.

TO PICK: Seed develops with cinnamon brown pappus just as striking as the flowers. Take entire head. Leaves are still robust even though the seed is ready.


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