New York Ironweed,
Asteraceae or Sunflower Family
Tall herb, 3-10 feet tall. Leaves
lance-shaped, finely toothed, not opposite each other.
Flowers tiny, tubular, 5-parted, deep red violet to blue violet, 30 to 50 in a
flowerhead. Flowerheads in loose clusters. Blooms in
A beautiful native plant of damp places;
occasional in open sunny moist places in the Park.
Sometimes confused with Joe-Pye
weed (Eupatorium fistulosum), but that plant has
paler flowers which are much smaller and much more crowded, and
leaves in whorls of 3-7.