Vernonia angustifolia Michx. - Tall Ironweed
Family - Asteraceae
Flowering - June - September.
Habitat - Sandy open ground, sandy woods, sandhills, dry hammocks, roadsides, old fields, pine barrens.
Origin - Native to North America.
Other information - This striking species can be found mainly in the southern half of Alabama. The plant is easy to identify becasue of its linear leaves, pubescent stems and acute phyllaries. Although the plant is commonly called "Tall Ironweed" it only grows to about 1.2m tall. Other species of Vernonia get much taller.
Photographs taken off Lee Rd 54, Lee County, AL., 8-30-04.