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Tall ironweed

Life cycle: Perennial
Found in: Pastures, hay fields and roadsides throughout the southeastern U.S.
General description: Bright purple flowers and stout stems that grow from 2 feet to 7 feet high.
Seedlings: Cotyledons are broadly oblong with a shallow notch at the tip.
True leaves: Occur along the stem and are elliptic or lanceolate, 4" to 10" long and hairy on the underside with finely toothed edges.
Flowers and fruit: Flowers are bright purple and bloom in clusters on a stalk at the end of the stem. Fruit is a nutlet.
 

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