Vernonia 'Southern Cross'

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Thin, but broader than other varieties, foliage has great texture with late summer purple blooms to add a burst of color. Vase habit and much shorter than the straight species. Very easy to grow. Once established, this plant is extremely drought and heat resistant. Attracts butterflies and many other beneficials. 

Height

4-5 ft

Spread

4-5 ft

Color

Purple

Interesting Notes

Discovered by Brent Horvath of Intrinsic Perennial Gardens

Bloom Time

August-September

When to Divide

spring or fall

Good Companions

Fall Aster (Aster ), Calamint (Calamintha nepeta var. nepeta), Porcupine Grass (Miscanthus sinensis), Helen's Flower (Helenium ), Bee Balm (Monarda didyma), Three-lobed Coneflower (Rudbeckia triloba), Adam's Needle (Yucca filamentosa), Bluemist Shrub (Caryopteris clandonensis)

Characteristics & Attributes

Attracts Wildlife
Hummingbirds
Butterflies
Attributes & Uses
Cut Flowers
Critter Resistance
Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Exposure
Full Sun
Foliage Color
Green
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Fall
Summer
Season of Interest (Foliage)
Summer
Fall
Winter
Spring
Soil Moisture Preference
Very Adaptable
Moist but well-drained
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