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Vernonia lettermanii

Cultivar(s):
Iron Butterfly
Category:
Perennials
Comment:

An upright, clustering perennial with strong stems that may appear reddish, this species is shorter than most ironweed. The flowers are actually very tight clusters of tiny tubular flowers. Leaves on this species are very narrow, nearly threadlike. Seed heads are fuzzy, rusty brown in color and hang on into winter. Some think this characteristic is what inspired the name of ironweed. Not found commonly in the wild other than Arkansas and Oklahoma, this plant is mostly available through nurseries.

Season:
Summer, fall
Height:
2-3.5 ft.
Flower Color:
Purple
Propagation:
Offsets and may self seed

NCCES plant id: 3326

Vernonia lettermanii Vernonia lettermanii
Debbie Roos