ironweed

noun
iron·​weed | \ ˈī(-ə)rn-ˌwēd How to pronounce ironweed (audio) \

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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The Pollinator Habitat Expansion Initiative involves mowing less and planting varieties of milkweed, clover, ironweed, wingstem, columbine, joe pye weed and two-leaved toothwort. USA TODAY, "Penal farm to produce farm, music under the sea: News from around our 50 states," 16 July 2019 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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First Known Use of ironweed

1819, in the meaning defined above

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