by Bethany Plonski January. 07, 2019 321 views

Ironweed was one of my mystery plants from the summer. I kept noticing it everywhere but had to do some research to find out what it was. It's in the sunflower family and can grow 7-10 feet tall. It also has a very strong stem, hence the name.

In the summer, ironweed has pinkish purple flowers that attract lots of butterflies and bees. I can't decide which way I like it best.

Vernonia altissima

Vernonia altissima

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Jay Boggess 1 year ago

Lovely colors, lighting and bokeh! Ironwood honey is delicious!

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Jay Boggess 12 months ago

Thank you! I didn’t know there was such a thing as ironweed honey. I’ll have to look for that!

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Camellia Staab 1 year ago

We have those around here but never knew what they were called. Just assumed their were a form of wild growing weed.

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Camellia Staab 1 year ago

They seem to grow almost everywhere, and they're considered a nuisance sometimes. My mom is a master gardener, so I always ask her when I find a plant I don't know, and when she saw this one, she said, "That's a weed." smile

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Pete Fitzgetald 1 year ago

I love the focus and zoom you used

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Pete Fitzgetald 1 year ago

Thank you! The second two pictures are from my old camera, which has unfortunately bitten the dust. Makes me a little nostalgic to see them! smile

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George Kunschman 1 year ago

Captured very well. I prefer the color.

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Bethany Plonski Replied to George Kunschman 1 year ago

Thank you! It is very eye-catching, I think. Makes them stand out from all the other plants around them.

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Sherry Hill 1 year ago

i prefer the look in #1.. kind of washed free of its vibrant colour.. the bokeh in that is lovely..

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Sherry Hill 1 year ago

That's a really nice way to put it, free of its vibrant color. smile The softness of winter colors has been appealing to me lately.

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Antonio Gil 1 year ago

I prefer the raw look of first one. But they are all beautiful my friend

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Antonio Gil 1 year ago

Thank you. I went with a little softer focus on that one and I think I like that better too. smile

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Björn Roose 1 year ago

Apparently it's so American that we don't even have a name for it which is not Latin: vernonia. But it's a beautiful plant and beautiful photos smile

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Björn Roose 1 year ago

Thank you. The name comes from Vernon, a botanist who studied plants in North America. I've always thought it was weird to Latinize a person's name for a plant, but I guess everyone wants credit for what they discover or study. grinning

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Björn Roose Replied to Bethany Plonski 1 year ago

Exactly smile

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