Vernonia lettermanii

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Ironweed

USDA Hardiness Zone 4-9

Soft textured, needle-like leaves are topped with purple blooms in late summer. A real treat for hummingbirds, admired by humans as well.

Height

20-24 in

Spread

18-22 in

Color

Purple

Interesting Notes

Native to Arkansas and Oklahoma, named for botanist George Letterman.

Bloom Time

August-September

When to Divide

spring or fall

Good Companions

Smooth Phlox (Phlox glaberrima), Hyssop-Anise (Agastache foeniculum), (Calamintha nepeta var. nepeta), Hybrid Aster (Aster ), Little Blue Stem (Schizachyrium scoparium), Three-lobed Coneflower (Rudbeckia triloba)

Characteristics & Attributes

Attracts Wildlife
Butterflies
Hummingbirds
Attributes & Uses
Cut Flowers
Exposure
Full Sun
Foliage Color
Green
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Summer
Fall
Season of Interest (Foliage)
Summer
Fall
Spring
Soil Moisture Preference
Well-drained
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