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Found in hammocks and floodplains throughout most of central and north Florida plus much of the central and eastern United States from Texas to New York.
Vernonia gigantea is a member of the Asteraceae - Aster family.
Other species of the Vernonia genus in the Wild Florida Photo database:
View Vernonia blodgettii - FLORIDA IRONWEED
Native Florida Plants Robert G. Haehle; Joan Brookwell
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Native landscapes are easier to maintain, use less water and thrive without chemical pesticides and fertilizers. Native Florida Plants describes every type of regional flora—-from seaside foliage and wildflowers to grassy meadows, shrubs, vines, and aquatic gardens—-in 301 profiles and accompanying color photographs.