Vernonia gigantea /Aster Family
These flowers are composites, note the tiny individual flowers. The brilliant purple adds beautiful color to late summer and early fall fields and roadsides. This Ironweed plant was blooming at Cove Lake State Park in late August.
Where seen: Oak Ridge Greenways, Great Smoky Mountains NP, Frozen Head SP, University of Tennessee Arboretum, widespread
Formerly known as: Vernonia altissima