Tall Ironweed, Vernonia altissima, a plant of late summer with interesting little purple flowers in a dense head. This particular species has not been identified or used for any specific purpose but it has been noted that many of the Vernonias have been used for similar medicinal purposes by the Cherokee Indians. It was used for monthly periods, afterbirth pains, loose teeth, stomach ulcers and hemorrhage and it was used for dandruff.
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Tall Ironweed Sources:
Audubon Guides Box Set – Birds, Tree, Wildflowers & Mammals. Computer Software.Green Mountain Digital. Version: 2.3. Web. Jul 10, 2014.
Foster, Steven and James A. Duke. The Peterson Field Guide Series; A Field Guide to Medicinal Plants and Herbs of Eastern and Central North America. 2nd. ed. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 2000. Print. pg. 222
Hamel, Paul B. and Mary U. Chiltoskey. Cherokee Plants and Their Uses- A 400 Year History. North Carolina: Herald Publishing. 1975. Print. pg. 41
Moerman Daniel E., Native American Ethnobotany, Portland: Timber Press. 1998. Print. pg. 593
Newcomb, Lawrence. Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide. Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1977. Print. pg. 210-211
United States Department of Agriculture. Natural Resources Conservation Services. Web.
So thank God there is something good about ironweed, since we battle constantly to keep it from taking over our farm!!!
Emmanuel Mbobi says
Thanks for the information. I did not know that this species are available in North America.
Melody Moss says
Thank you for the information.
Does yellow ironweed have the same medicinal uses as the purple ironweed?