Vernonia lettermannii 'Iron Butterfly'

Ironweed-Narrowleaf

Vernonia lettermannii ÔIron ButterflyÕ

Photo Credit: Proteinbiochemist

Vernonia lettermannii ÔIron ButterflyÕ

Photo Credit: Kristine Paulus


Vernonia lettermannii 'Iron Butterfly'

Ironweed-Narrowleaf

A favorite among native plant enthusiasts, drought tolerant ironweed attracts loads of bees and other pollinators late in the season. This selection was selected from Allan Armitage's trials for its compact habit, vigorous growth and flower power. Bright purple flowers appear atop the attractive clump of feathery foliage.

Plant Details

  • Zone: 4 - 9
  • Height: 24-36"
  • Spread: 28-36"
  • Exposure: Full Sun
  • Soil Moisture: Low Water Needs, Moderate Water Needs
  • Drought tolerant: Yes, Once Established
  • Bloom time: Early Fall, Late Summer, Mid-Fall
  • Foliage Color: Green Shades
  • Flower Color: Purple Shades
  • Fragrant: No
  • Good Cut Flower: No
  • Native: Nativar
  • Deer resistant: Yes
  • Rabbit resistant: Yes
  • Bee-friendly: Yes
  • Attracts butterflies: Yes
  • Attracts hummingbirds: Yes
  • Groundcover: No
  • Roy Diblik Favorite: No

Plant Details

  • Zone: 4 - 9
  • Height: 24-36"
  • Spread: 28-36"
  • Exposure: Full Sun
  • Soil Moisture: Low Water Needs, Moderate Water Needs
  • Drought tolerant: Yes, Once Established
  • Bloom time: Early Fall, Late Summer, Mid-Fall
  • Foliage Color: Green Shades
  • Flower Color: Purple Shades
  • Fragrant: No
  • Good Cut Flower: No
  • Native: Nativar
  • Bee-friendly: Yes
  • Deer resistant: Yes
  • Rabbit resistant: Yes
  • Attracts butterflies: Yes
  • Attracts hummingbirds: Yes
  • Groundcover: No
  • Roy Diblik Favorite: No

Grower Information

  • PowerPlug Size(s): 32s
  • Optimal Planting Time: Spring
  • Retail Sales Window: Fall, Summer
  • Moisture in Production: Average, Low
  • Requires Shade in Production: No
  • Vernalization Required for Bloom: No
  • Vernalization Beneficial: Yes