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

 

TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!



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

        

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Mike Strickland    mst060304_vgigantea

June        

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Mike Strickland    mst071605_vgigantea

July        

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

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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.

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Mike Strickland    mst081504b_vgigantea

August        

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JK Marlow    jkm180924_4907

September    McCormick County    SC

Parks Mill

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JK Marlow    jkm180924_4908

September    McCormick County    SC

Parks Mill

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JK Marlow    jkm180924_4909

September    McCormick County    SC

Parks Mill

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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.

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_v_gigantea_tall_1

October    Floyd County    GA

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_v_gigantea_tall_1b

October    Floyd County    GA

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_v_gigantea_tall_1c

October    Floyd County    GA

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Mike Strickland    mst110407_vgigantea

November        

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

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Mike Strickland    mst110504_vgigantea

November