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Iron Butterfly Ironweed (Vernonia)

Vernonia lettermanii Iron Butterfly
SKU: HC014744
per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
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Vernonia lettermanii 'Iron Butterfly' (Ironweeed) is a showy selection of Letterman's Ironweed, a native wildflower from Arkansas. This densely branched perennial has bright green, finely textured foliage and bright violet-purple flowers in late summer. Attracts butterflies and bees galore. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
key features
Botanical Name
Vernonia lettermanii Iron Butterfly
Growing Zones
Zone 4, Zone 5, Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8, Zone 9
Native, Bee Friendly, Attracts Butterflies, Deer Resistant, Rabbit Resistant, Naturalizes, Rock Gardens
Soil Moisture
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Mature Height
24-36" tall
Bloom Time


24-36" x 18-24" wide. Here is a distinctive, new-to-cultivation native perennial that provides both flower color and foliar texture in the garden. Selected as a more compact version of a little known wildflower species from Arkansas, Iron Butterfly is a densely branched perennial with finely textured, almost thread-like foliage and bright violet-purple flowers capping the stems in late summer-early fall. A rich source of natural nectar, the plant is extremely attractive to butterflies.
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