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Wildflower Wednesday

This week’s Wildflower Wednesday featured flower is Smooth Ironweed

 

Also known as Common Ironweed, this native plant can be found in southern and western Wisconsin prairies blooming July-Sept.


It got its scientific name, Vernonia fasciculata, in the late 1600s from English botanist William Vernon. It’s common name, Ironweed is thought to be attributed to its rigid stalks that can bounce back after being bent.

 

It is a valuable food source for birds, bees, and butterflies.

 

Native Americans used it as a post childbirth medicine, and to regulate menstrual periods. The leaves were chewed on as sweet candy and as a chew.

 

Carried in a purple flannel bag it is said to bring the element of persuasion, helping others to see your point of view.



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