His “Albany cycle,” seven novels including “ironweed,” for which he won the 1984 Pulitzer, are set there.
Followed by Young isham, Rand travelled on by the dusty road, between the parching elder and ironweed, blackberry and love vine.
He sank deeper amid the ironweed, forgot his errand, and began to dream.
Jacqueline sat beneath the cedar, the branch of ironweed again within her hand.
Only one weed seems to hold its own against it, and that is ironweed, a plant like a robust purple aster five or six feet high.
As for the ironweed, it clothes the pastures with a royal purple, so rich a hue it compels the eye, and is a kind of stimulant.
ironweed and joepye-weed are such lusty, vigorous plants, and burdock and jimson-weed.
ironweed of royal purple, maroon-shot, mingles in illogical harmony with the blue vervain and magenta trumpet-weeds.
The tree which bore such remarkable fruit was commonly an ironweed tree standing in a conspicuous situation.
The ironweed was in bloom, and sitting on its purple top the dryfly sang the song of midsummer.