What flower is that?

 Close up New York Ironweed New York Ironweed
Photo credits: kbarton

January’s mystery plant is colorful enough to brighten any winter’s day.  This member of the Aster family has 5-petalled tubular flowers of bright purplish-pink in thistle-like terminal clusters of thirty to fifty flowers. The rather coarse-looking plant has alternate leaves and ranges from 3 to 8 feet in height. Its lanceolate leaves are 3 to 10 inches long and are finely toothed. It grows in moist meadows, fields and along the edges of ponds and streams.

It’s…

Botanical Name:
  Vernonia noveboracensis
Common Name:
  New York Ironweed
Family:
  Asteraceae (Aster family)
Habitat:
  moist meadows, fields and along the edges of ponds and streams

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