The largest of our Vernonias, forming a 6' wide, uniform, bushy, upright mound of long, narrow dark green leaves. Excellent resistance to rust and powdery mildew keeps this nativar looking fine all season. Large clusters of dark purple flowers attract numerous pollinators. Received 5 stars in Chicago Botanic Garden trials. Breeder: Dr. Jim Ault.
Similar to 'Iron Butterfly in texture and habit, this nativar is taller with larger, deep purple flowers that pollinators adore. Its disease resistant foliage flushes red-purple in fall, adding to its appeal. Forms a sturdy, upright clump of interlocking stems that won't flop. Received 5 stars in the Chicago Botanic Garden Trials. Breeder: Dr. Jim Ault.
Discovered by Tony Avent growing in its native SE U.S. habitat, this colorful selection has green, Amsonia-like foliage that blushes purple in fall. It complements the large clusters of deep purple flowers borne on strong stems that feed pollinators late in the season. Perfect for naturalizing in moist, sunny locations.
Selected from Alan Armitage's trials for its compact habit, vigorous growth and flower power; also a 5-star recipient from the Chicago Botanic Garden trials. Bright purple flowers appear prolifically above the clump of rust and powdery mildew resistant foliage. A favorite perennial of native plant enthusiasts.