Vernonia lindheimeri v. leucophylla

Silver Ironweed

 
 

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A remarkable native (TX) perennial, Silver Ironweed is a standout where ever it's planted. The upright stems of long, thin silver-white foliage and late summer display of bright pink, butterfly-attracting flowers. This heat-loving beauty needs limey soils and dry growing conditions.

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Zones 6 - 10
Advantages
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Attract Butterflies
Attract Butterflies
Native
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Annual Rainfall
Drought Resistant / Waterwise
10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40" (with care)
Ideal Region
Only in Western US
Bloom Time Late summer to fall
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Size Plant - 5" deep pot
SKU HBLA151

Details

36-48" tall x 18-24" wide. A remarkable native perennial, Silver Ironweed is a standout where ever it's planted. The upright stems of long, thin silver-white foliage and late summer display of bright pink, butterfly attracting flowers are unlike any other plant currently in cultivation. Rarely found in cultivation outside of TX, this heat-loving beauty needs limey soils and dry growing conditions. A somewhat slow grower, it seems to establish a deep root system before growing a lot of stems and leaves. Leave standing for winter interest and cut its herbaceous stems to the ground each spring. Thanks to Lauren and Scott Ogden for seed collected near the Davis Mts. of west TX. Plant with Yucca and Agave. (seed/cutting propagated).
SKU HBLA151
Common Name Silver Ironweed
Botanical Name Vernonia lindheimeri v. leucophylla
Zones 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Light Requirements Full Sun
Flower Color Pink, Silver
Mature Height 36-48" tall
Mature Spread 18-24" wide
Bloom Time Late summer to fall
Ships As Potted Plant
Native Yes
Planting Time Spring / Summer, Fall
Soil Type Low Fertility Soil, Well-Drained Soil
Soil Moisture Drought Resistant / Waterwise
Amount of Rain 10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40" (with care)
Advantages Deer Resistant, Attract Butterflies, Native
Special Groups High Country Gardens Exclusive, High Country Gardens Introduction
Ideal Region Western Only, Southwest, West
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

Planting Guides

Vernonia (Ironweed) is big genus of New World wildflowers, with most species native to North America. Members of the Aster family, they are important late season sources of nectar for butterflies.

Preferred growing conditions:
  • Plant in most soil types including clay.
  • Best positioned in a full sun to partial shade locations.
  • Mulch with common mulch materials in dry Western climates. Leave un-mulched in moister Eastern climates.
  • Water regularly the first growing season to establish the plant. Most species and varieties like moderately moist to wet soils and should receive regular irrigation in arid climates. Rainfall is generally sufficient in moist Eastern climates.
  • Vernonia lindheimeri v. leucophylla is xeric and should be only given occasional deep watering when conditions are dry.
  • Deadhead the flowers when blooming is finished. Many species from the Midwest and Eastern US will re-seed aggressively in moist soils. Deadheading is helpful to reduce volunteer seedlings.
  • Fertilize lightly in the fall with Yum Yum Mix.
  • Special comments:
  • Leave standing of the winter and cut back hard in early to mid-spring.
  • Tall species may need staking unless stem tips are pinched back in late spring/early summer to thicken up the plant's stem structure.

  • View more Planting Guides, or download our complete Planting Guide for tips on caring for your plants when you receive your order, as well as planting instructions for Perennials, Spring-Planted Bulbs, Fall-Planted Bulbs, Cacti & Succulents, Xeric Plants and more.

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Plant Shipping: Buy now and we will ship your order at the ideal planting time for your region. Spring-Planted Perennial and Bulb orders will ship from February 27-June 30, warmest zones first. Most plant orders will arrive within 3-4 days, or less, of leaving our greenhouses. This prompt delivery is provided without additional express charges.

Grass Plugs Will ship at planting time in spring 2017, beginning in late February.

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High Country GardensVernonia lindheimeri v. leucophylla
 
2.9

(based on 7 reviews)

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43%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Attractive (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Outdoors (3)
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5.0

Doing well in difficult part of my yard.

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from Chimayo, NM

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Pros

  • Attractive
  • Hardy
  • Healthy
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Garden
    • Outdoors

    Comments about High Country Gardens Vernonia lindheimeri v. leucophylla:

    Used in driest, sunniest part of my yard. Handles the intense sun of my area in the summer. Has not flowered yet but this is first year planting. Love the silvery foliage.

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    3.0

    Over-wintered in garden bed. Not doing well.

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    from Oregon

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    • Accurate Instructions

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      Comments about High Country Gardens Vernonia lindheimeri v. leucophylla:

      Not thriving.

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      1.0

      Pretty picture. Pitiful plant

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      from Western, Colorado

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      Pros

        Cons

        • never bloomed
        • Small In Size

        Best Uses

          Comments about High Country Gardens Vernonia lindheimeri v. leucophylla:

          I bought two of these and they struggled through the first year requiring lots of water. One died early the next Spring. The other has struggled the next couple of years. It is a single stalk and has never bloomed while requiring lots of water just to survive.

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          5.0

          It likes limestone marl. YIPPEE!!!

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          from Central Texas

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          Pros

          • Accurate Instructions
          • Attractive

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Xeric Rock Garden

            Comments about High Country Gardens Vernonia lindheimeri v. leucophylla:

            I bought three to find where it is happiest in my variable alkaline scrabble of a garden. It did not like the built up granitic gravel,sand, compost mixture in full blasting all day sun of my cactus garden. It loved the limey rocky slope with half day sun with a bit of granite sand and compost mixed in, It liked but is slower growing in an area of caliche and limestone gravelly marl, full day sun. I like anything that grows without supplemental water and deal with this difficult soil and heat. I have NO idea how it performs in regular garden soil. We had a summer where lots died of excess water and then NADA, no rain for months.

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            4.0

            Great Western Plant

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            from Berthoud, CO

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            Pros

            • Attractive
            • Strong Statement Plant
            • Versatile
            • Xeric

            Cons

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                Comments about High Country Gardens Vernonia lindheimeri v. leucophylla:

                Love this plant for its silvery foliage and standout blooming. Doesn't like wet feet, so provide good drainage.

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                1.0

                Did Not Survive

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                from Grand Junction, CO

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                Comments about High Country Gardens Vernonia lindheimeri v. leucophylla:

                This did not survive beyond 3 months for me. I live in Western Colorado.

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                (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                1.0

                Dissapointing

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                from Fort Washington, MD

                About Me Professional Landscaper

                Pros

                  Cons

                  • Flimsy
                  • Small In Size
                  • Unattractive

                  Best Uses

                  • Outdoors

                  Comments about High Country Gardens Vernonia lindheimeri v. leucophylla:

                  I bought vernonia lindheimeri based on the striking vertical silver foliage shown in the photographs. I was looking forward to this wonderful texture in my garden. However, this plant did not live up to my expectations. It produced little foliage, and did not survive the winter. Perhaps they mean it when they say "western only". It apparently does not like my climate.

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                  USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

                  To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

                  • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
                  • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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