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Vernonia angustifolia

Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
ver-NOH-nee-ah an-gus-tih-FOH-lee-ah
Description

A native wildflower in the Asteraceae family is easy to grow in the full sun.  It is mostly seen in natural landscapes, and will tolerate periodic flooding and wet soils, but it preforms in cultivated garden soils as well.  Showy magenta purple flowers appear in the summer and are attractive to butterflies.  The plant reproduces and grows easily from seed so deadhead flowers to prevent unwanted reseeding.  This plant hybridizes with other ironweeds which can make identification tricky.  Reduce plant height by cutting back stems in late spring.  Works well in a naturalized landscape, cottage garden, as a backround plant in a boarder or in a rain garden.

Seasons of Interest:

          Bloom: Summer, July-August

Wildlife Value:  Flowers attractive to butterflies and bees. Members of the genus Veronia support the following specialized bee: Melissodes (Eumelissodes) denticulatus.

Insect, Disease, or Other Plant Problems:  No serious problems with this plant.

Compare this plant to: Veronica aculis, Veronica noveboracensis

Cultivars:
Tags:
#bees#native#butterflies#showy flowers#pollinators#rain garden#wildlife plant#wildflowers#nectar plant#naturalize#wet sites#specialized bees
Cultivars:
Tags:
#bees#native#butterflies#showy flowers#pollinators#rain garden#wildlife plant#wildflowers#nectar plant#naturalize#wet sites#specialized bees
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Vernonia
    Species:
    angustifolia
    Family:
    Asteraceae
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Native Plant
    Perennial
    Wildflower
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Purple/Lavender
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Hairs Present:
    No
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Theme:
    Rain Garden
    Attracts:
    Butterflies
    Pollinators
    Specialized Bees
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Wet Soil