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Vernonia acaulis

Phonetic Spelling
ver-NOH-nee-ah ah-KAW-liss
Description

This attractive wildflower is native to NC, SC and Georgia. 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.

It performs well on a woods edge in well-drained to dry, sandy soils and in meadows and woodland landscapes 

 

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  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Vernonia
    Species:
    acaulis
    Family:
    Asteraceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Seed
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    SE North America
    Distribution:
    NC, SC, GA
    Wildlife Value:
    Birds enjoy the fruits, hummingbirds and butterflies the nectar. Members of the genus Vernonia support the following specialized bee: Melissodes (Eumelissodes) denticulatus.
    Play Value:
    Attracts Pollinators
    Wildlife Food Source
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Native Plant
    Wildflower
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Erect
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    Sand
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Occasionally Dry
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Piedmont
  • Fruit:
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Fruit Description:
    Displays from August to October.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Pink
    Purple/Lavender
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Corymb
    Head
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Summer
    Flower Description:
    Small frilly purple flowers in loose, corymbiform arrays. Displays from June to August.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Shape:
    Elliptical
    Oblong
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Leaves mostly basal with blades oblong-elliptic.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Meadow
    Naturalized Area
    Woodland
    Landscape Theme:
    Butterfly Garden
    Native Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Attracts:
    Butterflies
    Hummingbirds
    Pollinators
    Songbirds
    Specialized Bees