Vernonia gigantea plant

Family – Asteraceae


Vernonia gigantea leaves

Lower leaves

Vernonia gigantea leaves

Inflorescence: N/A


Vernonia gigantea involucre

Ray flowers: Absent.

Disk flowers

Vernonia gigantea flowers

Flowering – August – November.

Habitat – Low ground, alluvial banks, bottoms, fields, marshes, swamp forests.

Origin – Native to North America.

Other information – This tall species can be found throughout most of Alabama. This is a robust species with a loose, spreading inflorescence.

Plants in Alabama are represented by two subspecies, gigantea and ovalifolia.

The genus is named for William Vernon (16? – 1711). Vernon was an English botanist who studied plants in North America.

The species epithet derives from the Greek “giga(n)” meaning “giant” or “very large”.

Alabama Distribution


Photographs taken off Lee Rd 54, Auburn, AL., 10-9-04.

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