New York Ironweed
Botanical Name: Vernonia noveboracensis
Plant Family: Aster family (Asteraceae)
Description: This species of ironweed is a tall upright perennial which typically occurs in the wild in moist thickets, low areas and along streambanks from Massachusetts to Mississippi. Features numerous tiny, fluffy, deep purple, composite flowers in loose clusters atop stiff, leafy stems. Typically growing 4-6' tall, it has shown itself to be a favorite of butterflies and other pollinators in our demonstration garden
Growing Conditions: Grows in average to moist soils. Prefers full sun. Works well in a rain garden or area that experiences occasional flooding.
Bloom Time: Late, Aug - Sep
Bloom Color: Deep purple
Benefit to pollinators/wildlife: Attracts a variety of pollinators.
Native Status: US native, PA native
Location in habitat: Pollinator Demonstration Garden