ironweed

noun
iron·weed | \ˈī(-ə)rn-ˌwēd \

Definition of ironweed 

: any of a genus (Vernonia) of mostly weedy composite plants usually having alternate leaves and perfect red, purple, or white tubular flowers in terminal cymose heads

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Also in bloom are various white and powder blue asters (Aster), lavender-blue mist flower (Conoclinium coelestinum), goldenrod (Solidago), purple ironweed (Vernonia) and many other fall wildflowers. NOLA.com, "This week's gardening tips: plant cole crops, harvest sweet potatoes," 4 Nov. 2017 Ironweed Playing the lover of Jack Nicholson’s character, a homeless man who abandoned his family, Streep nabbed another Best Actress nomination in 1988. Diana Pearl, PEOPLE.com, "Meryl Streep Makes History with 20th Oscar Nom: A Look Back at Her Iconic Nominated Roles," 22 June 2017 IronweedPlaying the lover of Jack Nicholson’s character, a homeless man who abandoned his family, Streep nabbed another Best Actress nomination in 1988. Diana Pearl, PEOPLE.com, "Meryl Streep Makes History with 20th Oscar Nom: A Look Back at Her Iconic Nominated Roles," 22 June 2017

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1819, in the meaning defined above

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