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Vernonia acaulis

Common Name(s):
Ironweed, Stemless ironweed
Categories:
Edible Plants, Native Plants, Wildflowers
Comment:

This attractive native wildflower is in the Asteraceae family. Leaves are oblong-elipitic and occur basally on the plant. It does well in dry areas of the piedmont and costal plains of North Carolina. Intense purple-fushia flowers appear from late June through August and are highly attractive to bees.

Wildlife Value:  Members of the genus Vernonia support the following specialized beeMelissodes (Eumelissodes) denticulatus.

Season:
summer
Height:
6 inches
Tags:
wildlife attracting, nectar plant, intense flowers, bees, nectar, pollinator, specialized bees, wildlife, honeybees

NCCES plant id: 2870

Vernonia acaulis Vernonia acaulis bloom stem
Debbie Roos