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Common Name: Ironweed
Vernonia glauca is a perennial plant that can grow up to 1.50 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine..
Eastern N. America - Massachusetts to Georgia, west to Alabama.
]. Dry fields, marshes at elevations of 10 - 400 metres[
Succeeds in any soil in a sunny position[
When grown in a suitable site, the plants often self-sow[
Hybridizes in the wild with other members of the genus[
The root is a blood tonic[
]. It is used to regulate menstruation, relieve pain after childbirth and also in the treatment of stomach aches and bleeding[
]. An infusion of the roots has been used as a mouth wash to make loose teeth firm[
Seed - we have no information for this species but suggest sowing the seed in a cold frame in early spring. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts.
Division in spring.