Saxapahaw, NC

The Flower of Carolina


  • Product Info

    Bushy Ironweed (Vernonia lettermanni)
    Aster Family
    This is the perfect ironweed for the smaller garden. Coming in at around 2’ feet, this much smaller, midwest cousin of our taller ironweeds is still a pollinator magnet. The foliage of this ironweed is also a standout–the needle-like foliage is a dark green and adds dramatic texture to the garden. This plant is extremely drought tolerant once established and can tolerate a range of poor soils. It will hybridize with our native ironweeds and produce lots of seedlings, so deadhead if re-seeding is not desired. Try with butterfly milkweed, sweet joe-pye, cherokee sedge, or blazing stars.
    Blooms: Purple, 4-5 weeks, July-Sept
    Leaves: Very narrow, dark green leaves spiral up the whole stem until the flower
    Height: 2
    Space: 3’
    Soil: Average-Dry, rocky/sandy
    Exposure:  Full sun
    Fauna: High pollinator value, attracting many types of pollinators
    Seeds: Tan, dense achenes look attractive on the plant through winter
    Deer Resistance: High
    Native Status: Arkansas & Oklahoma native
    Provenance: Unknown, seed grown