Vernonia gigantea or giant ironweed makes an impressive specimen at 8-10 feet tall topped with fluffy, warm purple flowers popular with butterflies.
Vernonia gigantea or giant ironweed makes an impressive specimen for the back of the border reaching as high as 8-10 feet tall with lance-shaped leaves and clusters of fluffy, warm purple flowers followed by rusty colored seeds. The flowers are irresistible to butterflies and bees. It is an eastern North American native.
Common Name: Giant Ironweed
Family: Asteraceae (The Aster Family)
Zone Hardiness: 5-8
Light: Full Sun, Part Sun
Primary Bloom Colour: Purple
Secondary Bloom Colour:
Bloom Time: Summer - Fall
Soil Moisture: Average, Moist
Benefits: Butterflies, Bees
Deer Resistant: Unknown
BC Native: No
Native Habitat: Low woods along streams, valleys, low thickets, swamp borders, prairies and meadows.
Geogrpahical Origin: Americas - North America
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