Vernonia arkansana DC.

Curlytop Ironweed

Vernonia arkansana plant

Family - Asteraceae

Stems - No info. yet.

Vernonia arkansana stem

Leaves - No info. yet.

Inflorescence - No info. yet.

Involucre - No info. yet.

Vernonia arkansana involucreInvolucre.

Ray flowers - Absent.

Disk flowers - No info. yet.

Vernonia arkansana flowers
Flowering heads

Flowering - July - October.

Habitat - Gravel and sand bars along streams, glades, prairies, open woods, rocky slopes, thickets, wet meadows.

Origin - Native to U.S.

Other info. - This species can be found mainly in the Ozark region of Missouri and is quite common. The plant is easy to identify in the field because of its linear, curling phyllaries and its linear leaves. Most of the species of Vernonia hybridize readily and these hybrids are commonly found in the field. All species in the genus are easy to grow and would make excellent garden subjects.

Photographs taken at Logan Creek, Reynolds County, MO., 7-17-03 (DETenaglia); also at Shaw Nature Reserve, 7-29-2010, and Weldon Spring, 7-26-2010 (SRTurner).