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http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2008/Aug/21/ironweed.JPGI've noticed that even terribly abused pastures often have striking purple flowers at this time of year. These flowers called ironweeds look sadly out of place towering a couple of feet over the stubby, worn grass of overgrazed fields. It's like Fred and Ginger wandering into a documentary on the Soviet Union, with their beauty and grace only serving to enhance the bleak drabness of their surroundings. I guess this ability to thrive where everything else has been obliterated helped give ironweeds their name. Luckily, I see plenty in the prairies and meadows, too. It's always nice to see them mixed in among the pinks and yellows of the other flowers and the many shades of green of the tall grass.

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