Ironweed

CHARACTERISTICS
Plant Height 2-4 FT
Seed Count 400,000 Seeds per LB
Botanical Name Vernonia fasciculata
Life Cycle Perennial
Environment Full Sun
Preferred Sites Mesic Soils _ Upland/Grassland
Bloom Period July-October
Flower Color Purple
Pollinator Value Very Good
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Description

Ironweed

 

Ironweed is commonly seen distributed across the central United States in grasslands and areas of moist soils. This tough and bitter prairie plant is not grazed by livestock or wildlife but does offer nectar for pollinators.

 

  • Prefers full sun to partial shade
  • Mature height of 2-4 feet
  • Very stout and rigid main stem refers to the common name.
  • Deep purple flowers attract bees and butterflies
  • Commonly found in moist prairies, streambanks and wetlands
  • Tends to be aggressive if planted as a mono-culture, needs competition
  • Deer resistant specie

 

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