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Western Ironweed (Vernonia)

Vernonia baldwinii
SKU: HC017293
per Plant - 2.5" Pot
No longer available this season.
Western Ironweed is a durable, easy-to-grow wildflower that blooms in late summer with big flat topped clusters of vivid violet-purple flowers. Vernonia is an invaluable late season nectar source for butterflies and bees. A big, robust plant for the back of the border. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
key features
Botanical Name
Vernonia baldwinii
Growing Zones
Zone 5, Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8, Zone 9
Native, Bee Friendly, Attracts Butterflies, Deer Resistant, Rabbit Resistant, Naturalizes
Soil Moisture
Light Requirements
Full Sun, Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Mature Height
30-60" tall
Bloom Time
Late summer to early fall


30-60" tall x 18" wide (seed propagated). Western Ironweed is a durable, easy-to-grow wildflower from the country's midsection that adds invaluable late summer color to the garden. It is also a butterfly magnet as its showy clusters of vivid purple flowers are a favorite nectar source. Plant Ironweed in humus-rich soil in full sun at the back of a perennial garden or naturalize in a meadow or prairie. Stunning when planted with Goldenrod (Solidago).
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