What is the name of this plant/weed, found in south-western Ohio? They are fairly common and grow wildly. This particular one happens to just be growing dead-center in a pot:

  • Pretty sure it's from the Asteraceae family. We have it too in southeastern PA, but I never looked it up.
    – J. Musser
    Apr 4 '15 at 22:02
  • Does it produce a flower? What kind of conditions does it grow in?
    – Niall C.
    Apr 5 '15 at 1:01
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    Is this at this stage now? or is this an older photo?
    – rockerBOO
    Apr 5 '15 at 14:20

Initial reaction would be an Ironweed Vernonia sp.. New York Ironweed (Vernonia noveboracensis) is what I am familar with, and this looks simular. A lot of these are native and have very beautiful purple/pink flowers. They get fairly tall, but as the name suggests, they don't usually need support.

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