|Botanical Name||Vernonia fasciculata|
Ironweed, a 2-4 foot tall perennial, is named for its strong stem that rarely bends, even in high winds. Commonly seen distributed across the central United States in its grassland and moist soil habitat. It prefers to grow in full sun and moist soils but will tolerate some shade and medium soils. The deep purple flowers are frequented by many types of bees and butterflies when in bloom from July-October. Cattle will not eat ironweed due to its bitter taste, therefore it will increase in population within overgrazed pastures.