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     New York Ironweed makes a bold statement in any garden.  Its flowers are deep, dark purple, and its sturdy stems reach heights of sometimes 8 feet.  Try it alongside Sneezeweed for that glorious purple-yellow effect.


     Butterflies, moths, native bees, beetles and wasps love this plant, and songbirds eat the seeds.


     Named after the brown color of the seeds' parachutes, Ironweed is robust and striking, at home in a moist meadow or perennial garden.


     Fun fact: The long, fibrous stems were once used as packing to transport whiskey bottles (Clausen, R & G. Tepper, Deer-Resistant Native Plants for the Northeast, 2021)


New York Ironweed

1 Gallon
    • Latin: Vernonia noveboracensis
    • Pollinator value: Very High
    • Height: 4-8 feet; 3-4 foot spread
    • Light: Full sun to part shade
    • Soil: Moist to wet
    • Bloom: Deep reddish-purple; late summer
    • Foliage: Deciduous, deep green, lance-shaped
    • Pair with: Early Sunflower, Northern Blue Flag, Stout Blue-Eyed Grass
    • Landscape: Robust spreader; rain garden, meadow, perennial border, along ponds and streams
    • Resistance: Deer, drought
    • Native range here
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