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Vernonia 'Iron Butterfly' has purple-pink flowers that pollinators love!

'Iron Butterfly' Ironweed - Vernonia lettermannii

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Late summer and early autumn is go time for pollinators: give them a big boost with 'Iron Butterfly' vernonia (ver-NO-nee-uh). Also known as ironweed, this native perennial looks a bit like a New England aster at first glance, but each flower is an exuberant little puff of pink. The foliage is narrow, with a slightly spiky, willow-like look, and is more disease resistant than most asters, too. Butterflies love this plant, and thanks to its August-September bloom time, sustains them in that crucial period before they wind down for the season.

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Plant size: 24"-36" tall and wide

Light: full sun (6+ hrs/day)

Hardiness: USDA zone 4-9 (Find your hardiness zone)

Pollinator value: attracts butterflies, especially swallowtails, monarchs, and painted ladies, as well as other pollinating insects

Notable features: native, compact, deer resistant, long-blooming, drought tolerant

Pot size: one quart

Plant name: Vernonia lettermannii 'Iron Butterfly'

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Cheryl L.W.
Iron Butterfly Ironweed

I love the plant, it arrived very successfully and I planted it a day later after fishing it in water.

I have deer and am concerned that they might have tried eating the tops of a couple of the plants!

Is this a deer-resistant plant! I have somewhat if a fence around my plants, just concerned that a deer got in!?!

Thank you,
Cheryl

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Lauren M.
healthy plants

my ironweed were nicely packaged and came healthy. Still looking good, been in the ground a few weeks. Thanks!

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Judy K.
Didn't grow

When it arrive it look semi healthy, so i gave it some root growth and planted in my garden. Looked hopefully, but than 1 week later it was dead

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Katherine S.
Don’t know yet

Since I just planted the Ironweed a month ago or so and we’ve had so much rain, it’s hard to tell. I will let you know next Spring.

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Eve K.
Love the Iron Weed Herman I. Cannot wait for next year to see it bloom.

Looking forward to bloom next year