Vernonia lettermanii (Asteraceae)
In his wonderful new book "Native Plants for North American Gardens," plant guru Allan Armitage writes of Vernonia lettermanii: "As soon as you read this, put down the book and purchase this plant." A stellar recommendation, and we agree; everyone who sees the feathery texture of this dwarf Ironweed just loves it. The fine, narrow foliage closely resembles Amsonia hubrichtii, but is more compact, topping out at 2-3'. Adorned with bright purple Ironweed flower tufts late summer to early fall. A taproot ensures drought tolerance. What a treat for the front of a fall border! Thanks to Larry Lowman for sharing seed from a Ozark native population. We've been carefully dividing our stock for years to maintain the compact, bushy form, and finally have enough to offer to you. (Limited Quantity)
Bloom color: dark-purple
Bloom period: late-summer - early fall
Container size: Qt.