- any of certain North American composite plants of the genus Vernonia, having tubular, chiefly purple or red disk flowers.
Origin of ironweed
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His “Albany cycle,” seven novels including “Ironweed,” for which he won the 1984 Pulitzer, are set there.Great Weekend Reads: 4 New Novels, November 13, 2011
Susan Salter Reynolds, Christopher Byrd, John Wilwol, Jennifer Miller
November 13, 2011
He sank deeper amid the ironweed, forgot his errand, and began to dream.
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.Riverby
Ironweed and joepye-weed are such lusty, vigorous plants, and burdock and jimson-weed.
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.
Jacqueline sat beneath the cedar, the branch of ironweed again within her hand.