Vernonia 'Summer's Swan Song' PP28556

Ironweed-Narrowleaf

Photo Credit: Susan Martin


Vernonia 'Summer's Swan Song' PP28556

Ironweed-Narrowleaf

Similar to 'Iron Butterfly' in texture and bushiness, this native cultivar tends to be a bit taller with larger inflorescences of deep purple flowers. Its rust and powdery mildew resistant foliage flushes reddish-purple in fall, adding to its appeal. Forms a sturdy, upright clump of interlocking stems that wonÕt flop. Breeder: Dr. Jim Ault.

Plant Details

  • Zone: 4 - 9
  • Height: 30-36
  • Spread: 40
  • Exposure: Full Sun
  • Soil Moisture: Low Water Needs, Moderate Water Needs
  • Drought tolerant: Yes, Once Established
  • Bloom time: Early Fall, 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: 30-36
  • Spread: 40
  • Exposure: Full Sun
  • Soil Moisture: Low Water Needs, Moderate Water Needs
  • Drought tolerant: Yes, Once Established
  • Bloom time: Early Fall, 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