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ironweed

[ahy-ern-weed] /ˈaɪ ərnˌwid/
noun
1.
any of certain North American composite plants of the genus Vernonia, having tubular, chiefly purple or red disk flowers.
Origin
1810-1820
1810-20; iron + weed1
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  • Dittany and yellow ironweed are reliable producers, but frost flowers grow on other plants, too.
  • Yellow ironweed and white crownbeard mature late in the year and often produce frost flowers when conditions are right.

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