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SUNNY BORDER PERENNIAL COLLECTION

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Vernonia glauca   

Loose, flat-topped clusters of frilly, dark purple flowers bloom late July-Sept. from sturdy, 3-5' tall clumps with bluish green oval to lancelot foliage. Cream colored bristles follow the flowers. Slightly shorter than V. noveboracensis. Native to the Appalachian regions of the eastern U.S. 

 
    Common Name:Iron Weed
    Hardiness Zones:6-8
    Exposure:  
    Native:Yes
    Deer Resistant:No
 
Growing Tips: Plant in moist soil.

About Vernonia: An easy to grow, late bloomer, its common name Iron Weed tells it like it is. As a native it is found in roadside ditches and across fields where the soil is average but moist. In the garden, it's best planted mid to back of the border as all varieties grow tall. If a shorter plant is desired, cut back to approx. 2” in early June and you'll be rewarded with a shorter, fuller, fall blooming plant. Worth growing as butterflies love it!