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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: Deep green, lance-shaped

Pair with: Early Sunflower, Northern Blue Flag, Stout Blue-Eyed Grass

Landscape: Rain garden, meadow, perennial border, along ponds and streams

Resistance: Deer

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)

More information and native range here

New York Ironweed

1 Gallon
  • Pollinator value: Very High. Butterflies, moths, native bees, beetles, wasps, etc.  Songbirds eat the seeds.

    Ironweed -- named after the brown color of the seeds' parachutes -- is a robust perennial with strikingly deep purple flowers.  It makes a statement in any garden and a great vertical accent for a meadow or perennial garden.

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