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August Wildflower Spotlight: 
New York Ironweed

New York Ironweed Veronica Veronica noveboracenis

This plant is an upright perennial that’s preferred habitat is bottomlands, marshes and moist ditches. The individual flowers that make up the flower head of ironweed are tubular and contain rich nectar. Bee keepers value ironweed for making honey, but the name “ironweed” was derived from the tough stems that stand upright through the winter. Extracts from the plant were once used for treating stomach ailments. New York Ironweed was named The North Carolina Wildflower of the year in 2004. This conservation project’s aim is to actively promote throughout the state and region an attractive plant that is native to the southeastern US.

Previous Spotlights:
   

July: Beebalm
June: Indian Pink
May: Jack in the Pulpit
April:  Trillium
March: Bloodroot
February: Heartleaf

January Witchhazel

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October: Closed Gentian
September:   Goldenrod
August:   Joe Pye Weed
July:    Cardinal Flower
June:   Rosebay Rhododendron