Niche Gardens - North Carolina (NC) Native Pants

Vernonia lettermanii


Full Sun
Drought Tolerant
Cut Flowers
Attracts Birds
Attracts Butterflies

Vernonia lettermanii (Asteraceae)
(ver-NON-ee-a let-er-MAN-ee-eye)
Threadleaf Ironweed

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
Height: 2-3'
Spread: 1-2'
Zones: 4-9

Container size: Qt.
Price: $12