Vernonia noveboracensis (Asteraceae)
New York Ironweed
Despite its restrictive common name, this Vernonia is a common sight along damp banks and in wet meadows all up-and-down the eastern US from SC to New England. Intense purple blooms appear in late summer on tall, stiffly branching stems. Plant this strong and dependable native in the rear of the border. Beautiful in the company of tall goldenrods and sunflowers, popping out amongst grasses in an average-to-moist garden, ditch or meadow.
Bloom color: dark-purple
Bloom period: late-summer
Container size: Qt.