Late Summer Wildflower Announces Fall’s Arrival

Before the wash of yellows, blues and purple fall wildflowers appear in northeast Georgia, a an elegant late summer wildflower announces itself with authority. Visit Elachee Nature Science Center to see an impressive pollinator display among the blooming Tall Ironweed. 

Tall Ironweed (Vernonia gigantea) is a tall, angular, purpled-flowered beauty that is happy and prominent along roadsides and in power cuts, fields and rich soils alike. Look for it the next time you find yourself in a rural area.  

Growing to 8-feet or more, this plant prefers moderate to wet soils, direct sun and is pollinator magnet extraordinaire. Ironweed blooms for two to three weeks before its rust-colored seeds pods begin to show.

Autumn will be here soon enough. In the meantime, we at Elachee Nature Science Center will continue to enjoy the constant aerial parade of butterflies, native bees and migrating ruby-throated hummingbirds that visit the patch of this beautiful Tall Ironweed located near our administrative offices.