Vernonia baldwinii (Asteraceae)
Drought-tolerant and tough, Western Ironweed is native to dry woods, meadows and prairies across the Central States. Shorter than other Vernonias at 3-4', it has rough gray-green lanceolate leaves held horizontal to the sturdy stems, topped by vivid purple blooms (and butterflies!) midsummer to early fall. This low-maintenance perennial is perfect for the back of a sunny border or in a meadow setting, in the company of fall-blooming Sunflowers and Goldenrods. Native.
Bloom color: purple
Bloom period: early-fall
Container size: Qt.