Vernonia noveboracensis

Vernonia noveboracensis or ‘New York Ironweed’ is a tall, coarse, and upright forb that creates beautiful deep purple flowers that produce rusty seed clusters.  This plant is very tolerant of different soils, but mostly prefers rich, slightly acidic soil.  Typically found in moist thickets along stream banks, with its highest density from Massachusetts to Mississippi this plant’s nativeness is isolated to the east coast.

Its plant structure is tall, coarse, and upright with stiff stems that produce many leaves. Leaves are lance-shaped and serrated and are typically 6-8 inches wide. The plant stands about 4-6 feet off the ground where it forms a cluster of flowers that bloom late summer into fall. This plant is great for bordering backyard garden ares and wildflower gardens.
Ironweed is a host plant for: American Lady & Cross line Skipper. It is a Nectar Plant for: Sachem & Fiery Skipper. Flowers are attractive to butterflies, bees and other pollinators. Songbirds eat the seeds.

SPECS: Native Name: XXXX; Genus: Vernonia; Species: noveboracensis; Plant Type: Forb, Wildflower; Life Cycle: Perennial; Sun Exposure: Full Sun, Part Sun; Soil Moisture: Medium Wet, Mesic (middle); Height: 4′ — 8′; Spread: 3′; Plant Spacing: 2′ — 4′; Bloom Time: July — September; Bloom Color: Purple, Red; Advantages: Birds, Deep root system, Low maintenance, Pollinators; USDA Zone: 5 — 8; Attracts: Beneficial insects, Butterflies; Plant Community: Great companions include boneset, Joe pye weed, blue vervain, royal fern and swamp milkweed. You are going to want color in the spring so use marsh marigold if the area is wet.;