A Plant A Day Till Spring – Day 85 – Ironweed


“New York Ironweed” – Late Summer 2013 – Frick Park – Pittsburgh, PA

A Plant a Day till Spring” will highlight one plant a day, starting on the winter solstice (December 21, 2013)… And ending on the vernal equinox (March 20, 2014)… If all goes to plan I will be starting with old Snowdrop photos from 2013… And ending with new photos of Snowdrops in 2014…

5 Days to Go

Vernonia noveboracensis… But I prefer the common name “Ironweed”… Or in the case of the photograph above “New York Ironweed”… Ironweed is a shade of blue-purple that is a perfect compliment to the golden-yellow color of “Goldenrod”…Being that they bloom at the same time… In the same environment… One could go as far as to say they evolved to grow together… Which they did…

I think it is important to remember that plants that are beneficial to each other typically don’t clash in physical appearance… In my own experience… Companion plants are often complimentary to each other in more ways than just health…

Ironweed is one of the seeds I recently collected and am now germinating… I plan on doing this plant again next Winter with more details… One fact I can tell you… It is downright aggressive in swampy conditions… It will chase other plants out…

plant petunias and question everything – chriscondello

If you want some science – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vernonia – Genus

Photo Specific – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vernonia_noveboracensis

These “Plant a Day Till Spring” posts are simply intended to kill time until spring when I start writing more… My source (where applicable) is Wikipedia.org… The photography is all my own… And I am adding my own information…

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5 thoughts on “A Plant A Day Till Spring – Day 85 – Ironweed

  1. lelahb39 says:

    I first came to know ironweed on my first stint in TN. The plant literally sucked me in. I could not stop seeing it everywhere and would eventually find myself mesmerized by it! Later discovering its name I realized why it called to me so…..I am generally anemic and therefore the plant was screaming for me to use her! So I did! Its lovely in a tea. What a great idea you have going on here Chris! Your work is always beautiful and I have a lot of respect for how you appreciate what lies outside your door!


    • C.Condello says:

      This is a great story… And a great comment… Thank you…


      • lelahb39 says:

        for sure! I used to follow you when I had a different blog. Life with Lelah. I have since shifted gears. I really like your missions and nature appreciations! Inspiring and hopeful!


      • C.Condello says:

        Thanks for reaching out… I remember “Life with Lelah”… And I had a feeling you were her… Thanks for pointing me in the direction of your new blog… I will stop by and visit later this morning…

        Thank you for your kind words…


      • lelahb39 says:

        awesome! Happy Equinox to you Chris! But I still hope you keep sharing your plant wisdom! ; )


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