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Similar but less problematic plants:
Lythrum salicaria Lythrum salicaria
Vernonia noveboracensis is often confused with:
Eutrochium dubium Eutrochium dubium
Plants that fill a similar niche:
Monarda didyma Monarda didyma
Penstemon canescens Penstemon canescens
Viola Viola spp.

Vernonia noveboracensis

Phonetic Spelling
ver-NOH-nee-ah no-vee-bor-ah-SEN-sis
Description

Ironweed is an herbaceous native perennial wildflower in the Asteraceae family. It may grow 8 to 10 feet tall. The leaves are alternate and finely toothed with a downy underside. Deep purple flowers appear in clusters from mid summer to mid fall. This low maintenance wildflower naturalizes easily and works well in a rain garden.

Fire Risk: This plant has medium flammability rating. Consider plants with a low flammability rating for the sites nearest your home.

Seasons of Interest: 

     Bloom: Late Summer/Fall; Fruit/Seed/Nut: Fall 
 

Cultivars:
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#bees#purple#butterflies#sun#showy flowers#pollinators#partial shade#rain garden#perennial#wildlife plant#wildflowers#moist#nectar plant#low maintenance#naturalize#specialized bees#specialized bee#fire#medium flammability
Cultivars:
Tags:
#bees#purple#butterflies#sun#showy flowers#pollinators#partial shade#rain garden#perennial#wildlife plant#wildflowers#moist#nectar plant#low maintenance#naturalize#specialized bees#specialized bee#fire#medium flammability
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Vernonia
    Species:
    noveboracensis
    Family:
    Asteraceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Eastern and southeastern United States
    Fire Risk Rating:
    medium flammability
    Wildlife Value:
    Flowers are attractive to butterflies.bees and other pollinators. Songbirds eat the seeds. Members of the genus Vernonia support the following specialized bee: Melissodes (Eumelissodes) denticulatus.
    Play Value:
    Wildlife Enhancement
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    There is high deer resistance.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Herb
    Native Plant
    Perennial
    Wildflower
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Maintenance:
    Low
  • 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:
    High Organic Matter
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Available Space To Plant:
    3 feet-6 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
  • Fruit:
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Purple/Lavender
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Cyme
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Summer
    Flower Size:
    3-6 inches
    Flower Description:
    Showy tiny, fluffy, deep purple, composite flowers (rays absent) in loose, 3-4" wide, terminal clusters (cymes) atop stiff, leafy stems typically growing 4-6' tall.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Hairs Present:
    No
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Theme:
    Butterfly Garden
    Native Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Rain Garden
    Attracts:
    Bees
    Butterflies
    Pollinators
    Songbirds
    Specialized Bees
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Wet Soil