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Vernonia acaulis

Native Plants

Stemless Ironweed

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Summary

In late summer, when many perennials have lost their shine, stemless ironweed delights us with saturated violet flowers. Although the name ironweed is said to refer to the rusty colored seed clusters, this plant is also tough as iron, undemanding and easy to grow. Stemless ironweed forms a basal rosette of leaves with 36-42” tall stems rising from its center. It performs well on a woods edge in well-drained to dry, sandy soils. This species is at home when planted in meadows and woodland landscapes with other late summer bloomers including Solidago caesia, Pityopsis graminifolia, Symphyotrichum oblongifolium, and Rudbeckia hirta.


More Details

  • Plant Type
    perennial 
  • Sun/Shade Conditions
    filtered-shade, full-sun 
  • Foliage Character
    deciduous 
  • Soil Moisture
    average, dry 
  • Flowering Period
    early-fall, late-summer, mid-summer
  • Soil PH
    adaptable 
  • Flower Color
    purple 
  • Summer Foliage Color
    green 
  • Fall Foliage Color
    green 
  • Fruit/Seed Color
    brown, orange