The Ironweed plant is lovely to look at, easy to grow, and also edible. Vernonia is another name for this visually recognized plant with its intense red to purple flowers. If you are developing a pollinator garden, be sure to add this flowering, nectared plant. Butterflies love them, and it is the host plant for the American Painted Lady butterfly. This edible is equally at home in your herb garden. Ironwood is at home in full sun or partial shade that gives it diversity in where to plant it. Also, these late summer flowers will carry over to fall, making a place in an all season flowering garden. Ironwood gets that name for its sturdy stem and healthy posture.
The Ironweed is a large plant. They are lovely in natural areas or wildflower gardens. They are commonly known as the Tall Ironweed or the Giant Ironweed due to their size. They will begin to bloom in late summer months and continue into fall. The blooms are purple to lilac in color and are in clusters of smaller flowers. Butterflies and hummingbird adore this plant, and so do bees. Supports what it needs to ensure proper growth.