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Vernonia lettermanii ‘Iron Butterfly’   

This selection of the Arkansas native comes from the trials at the Univ. of GA. It is a compact, well-branched, vigorous selection with open masses of wispy, deep violet-purple flowers blooming late summer to fall. Grows 30-36" tall and wide with needle-like foliage similar in form to Amsonia hubrictii. 

    Common Name:Iron Weed
    Hardiness Zones:4-9
    Deer Resistant:No
Growing Tips: Easily adaptable to various growing conditions.

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!