Random Plant: Giant ironweed

Giant ironweed (Vernonia gigantea, Asteraceae) photographed 08/22/2010 in a floodplain forest near Blissfield Michigan.

This beauty is a giant ironweed (Vernonia gigantea, Asteraceae).  I found a number of them growing in a small area near the bank of the River Raisin in southeast Michigan.  Here’s a closeup of the infloresence:

Giant ironweed (Vernonia gigantea, Asteraceae) photographed 08/22/2010 in a floodplain forest near Blissfield Michigan.

The flowers seemed to attract a number of butterflies, but I was unable to get a clear shot of any of them.

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About Jeremy Sell

Science and nature nerd.
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