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Scenic Adair County: Ironweed

2005-09-04 - Union Community, west of Bliss, east of Gradyville, KY - Photo Staff. Ironweed may be the most beautiful flower in Kentucky as this flower adorned fence post at our place in the old Union Community, between Bliss and Gradyville, suggests. Might oughta be the state flower. Some fields in Adair County are solid with the purple flowers at this time of the year. Ironweed plants have great utility. Kids, at least in the old days, put them to great use: Making newspaper kites, building ironweed-and-thatch teepees, and fashioning them into spears. On the other hand, the UK Extension Service calls ironweed the most troublesome and the third most common weed in grass pastures, and offers several methods to murder them. On another hand, the Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission lists ironweed varieties, Vernonia baldwinii (ironweed, western ironweed), and Vernonia fasciculata (ironweed) as recommended flora for roadside use of native plants. On the fourth hand, the University of Kentucky Department of Entomology recommends the plant for use in creating butterfly gardens. (Clicking Read More brings up the Travel Guide, with other Scenic Adair County photos.
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