Ironweed (Vernonia arkansana)

Smiling Sun Gardens

Regular price $5.00

Large, iridescent, red-violet, flat-topped flower heads on top of tall, strong stalks from mid-summer to fall give a rich display of color. An attractive plant from head to toe, not a “weed.” Sizable plant for the back of beds and rain gardens. Dark-green, lance-shaped leaves.

Great with the strong yellow blooms of goldenrod, cup plant and others that bloom during the same season.


Culture Grows well in almost any soil, preferring moist and wet areas, but will survive long periods of drought. Can be pinched-back in June to reduce the flowering height.

Native Environment:  Prairie

Height: 3 to 4 feet

Spread: 24 to 36 inches

Plant Type: Herbaceous Perennials

Color: Purple/Red

Fall Color:

USDA Hardiness Zone: 3 - 7

Sun Exposure: Full Sun

Season of Interest: Mid (May - June)/Late (July - frost)

Soil Moisture: Moderate/High

Wildlife Benefit: Butterfly Nectar

Animal Resistance: Deer Resistant/Rabbit Resistant

Nature Attracting: Butterfly/Beneficial Insects