Aster family (Asteraceae)
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Updated 13 October 2023
This magnificent plant is the tallest of all the Ironweeds. Brilliant reddish-violet flowers cover the tops of sturdy stems that rarely need staking if the plant is grown in full sun. It makes a great back of the border plant, as well as a focal point in the wet meadow. Butterflies can’t resist the flowers, so look for some of your favorites on this plant! Tall Ironweed is a rare species in New York – Ulster County is one of the few places it can be found growing in the wild!