$5.49 – $9.89
Soil: Hydric (Wet) – Mesic (Medium)
Sun: Full Sun – Part Sun
Height: 4-6 feet
Bloom Color: Purple
Bloom Season: July – September
Suggested Uses: Ironweed is an excellent plant for large rain gardens and is very useful for shoreline restoration. It is great at breaking up heavy clay soils. This tall, beautiful wildflower has nice dark green foliage and a flat cluster of flowers at the top of each stem.
Native Range: Native to the Midwest. Native throughout most of Minnesota.
Pollinators: Bees, butterflies and beneficial insects. It is a high-value nectar source for adult monarch butterflies. This plant is the host for the American Painted Lady butterfly!
Flowers: The flower heads form a spreading terminal cluster.
Leaves: The long, pointed leaves are sharply toothed.
Name: The English common name, Ironweed, refers to its tough stem. Its Latin name comes from William Vernon – English botanist and explorer in the 17th century.
More information: USDA plant profile