Vernonia gigantea


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Pot Size: full quart

Plant Description

For a tall perennial with rich reddish-purple flowers, Ironweed cannot be beat. Ironweed is a common wildflower of moist fields and roadsides and its beauty may therefore be taken for granted. Flower clusters from July to frost attain spreads of over 12 inches. Maturing from the inside out, flowers start out deep, dark, reddish-purple and become light purple with contrasting white anthers looking like bits of snow on the flowers. Its flowers are excellent as fresh cut flowers. Because of its height (4 to 7 feet), it would be best at the rear of the garden or in natural areas. Ironweed is very attractive growing with Goldenrod, Joe Pye Weed, Wild Ageratum, Seashore Mallow, and Sunflowers. It needs full sun or partial shade and moisture.



Rain Garden

Butterfly Plant

Native Plant

Ease of Culture

Easy to grow

Plant Type

Wildflower, Perennial

Light Exposure

Full sun, Mostly sunny,

Half and half

Soil Condition

Average, Organic

Moisture Tolerance

Moderately moist,

Moist, Wet


full quart


36 or taller



Flower Color

Violet, Lavender,


Bloom Time

Late summer,

Early fall, Mid fall



Hardiness Zones

5, 6, 7, 8, 9