(Oval Leaf Ironweed - Giant Ironweed - Queen of the Meadow)
Vernonia gigantea, ssp. ovalifolia
Asteraceae (Composite Sunflower) Family
Plant is an upright, smooth to hairy perennial. Preferred habitat is roadsides, prairies, woods and stream edges. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region.
Leaves are large; alternate on the stem; consisting of one whole part; stalked; lance-like to oblong; tapers to the tip with sides less than equal or may form an angle to the left with the tip pinched. Leaf margins are toothed and base graduates to a narrow point.
Flowers are flat-topped clusters of heads at the top of the stem; bisexual; symmetrical in form. Disc flowers are purple; ray flowers absent. Flowering occurs in the summer.
Fruit is a capsule.