Plant Family: Aster Asteraceae
Wetland Indicator Status: FACW
Smooth Ironweed (Vernonia fasciculata) produces relatively small clusters of flowers, but what it lacks in size it makes up with its blast deep purple color. While my reference books have little to say about this plant, it speaks for itself with its vibrant color.
Smooth Ironweed rises 1.5- 4 feet above the marshes, meadows and low prairies it inhabits.