Native Plant Database

Callicarpa americana. Photo: Mervin Wallace

Ironweed

Vernonia fasciculata
Plant Type: Herbaceous Perennials
Native Environment: Prairie
Season of Interest:
Main Color: Purple, Red
Fall Color:
Hardy From Zone:
Hardy To Zone:
Sun Exposure 
Full Sun
Soil
Moisture
Moderate, High
Nature Attracting
Wildlife Benefit
Butterfly / Moth Nectar
Animal
Resistance
Deer Resistant, Rabbit Resistant
Size

Height:

3 to
4
feet

Spread:

24 to
36
inches
Size
Height: 3 to
4
feet
Spread: 24 to
36
inches
Size
Height: 3 to
4
feet
Spread: 24 to
36
inches
Typical Landscape Use
Great with the strong yellow blooms of goldenrod, cup plant and others that bloom during the same season.
Establishment and Care Instructions
Grows well in almost any soil, preferring moist and wet areas, but will survive long periods of drought. Can be pinched-back in June to reduce the flowering height.
Special Features
Special Usage
Basic Description

Large, iridescent, red-violet, flat-topped flower heads on top of tall, strong stalks from mid-summer to fall give a rich display of color. An attractive plant from head to toe, not a “weed.” Sizable plant for the back of beds and rain gardens. Dark-green, lance-shaped leaves.Part of our Pollinator Buffet plant tag series. The longhorn bee is hyperactive in summer and named for the long antennae of the males. Many bees, butterflies, and skippers use the nectar and pollen. Foliage is food for many herbivorous insects.

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