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Vernonia lettermanii 'Iron Butterfly' - Ironweed (photo credit: Growing Colors)

Perennials

Vernonia lettermanii 'Iron Butterfly'

Ironweed

Vernonia lettermanii 'Iron Butterfly', or ironweed, is a compact, upright, clump-forming, herbaceous perennial. The finely textured leaves are thin and narrow, showy bright-purple flowers appear in mid to late summer. Flowers attract bevies of butterflies, skippers, moths, native bees and the occasional hummingbird.

Additional:

'Iron Butterfly' comes from Dr. Allan Armitage's trials at the University of Georgia.

Ironweed Growing and Maintenance Tips:

Easily grown in well-draining soils of average fertility in full sun. Tolerant of various soil conditions, including hot, dry, rocky, and alkaline. Also tolerant of occasional flooding and drought once established.

Height:

24-36 in

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Spread:

24-36 in

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Hardiness Zone:

4 - 9

Characteristics & Attributes for Vernonia lettermanii 'Iron Butterfly'

Exposure
Sun
Soil Moisture Preference
Average
Moist
Attracts Wildlife
Butterflies
Hummingbirds
Critter Resistance
Deer Resistant
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Fall
Summer
Attributes
Naturalizing
Border or Bed
Rock Garden
Rain Garden
Cut Flower
Specimen
Clay Soil
Focal Point
Mass Planting
Great Companion Plants for Vernonia lettermanii 'Iron Butterfly'
Goldenrod Goldenrod (Solidago 'Little Lemon')
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Bee Balm Bee Balm (Monarda fistulosa )
Blue False Indigo Blue False Indigo (Baptisia australis )