Vernonia lettermannii 'Iron Butterfly' (Ironweed) Unity Grown

Vernonia lettermannii 'Iron Butterfly' (Ironweed) Unity Grown

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'Iron Butterfly' is a cultivar of Letterman's ironweed, Vernonia lettermannii, grown for its violet-purple flowers and its lower profile compared to other Vernonia species; this specific cultivar was bred for its rapid growth rate and its extended bloom period, which ranges from mid-summer until autumn. Plants grow two to three feet tall with an even spread, and are strongly anchored by a central taproot.

This cultivar's showy blooms are also very attractive to pollinators, and attract bees, butterflies, and occasionally hummingbirds throughout the season.

Native to U.S.
Mature Plant Height: Short: 12-29"
Deciduous
Sun (6+ hours)
Soil Moisture: Medium to Dry and Wide Tolerance
Soil Type: Average and Wide Tolerance
Bloom Time: Summer and Fall
Flower Color: Purple
Foliage color: Green
Features: Attracts Butterflies, Attracts Hummingbirds, and Attracts Pollinators
Tolerances: Drought Tolerant and Flood Tolerant
Garden Type: Pollinator Garden, Small Space, and Meadow

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