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Vernonia lettermannii Iron Butterfly

Iron Butterfly Narrow-leaf Ironweed

  • »  Tough, tolerant, and drought resistant
  • »  Native
  • »  Attracts butterflies
  • »  Thrives in dry, rocky soil
  • »  Small, star-like purple flowers late summer into fall
  • »  Long, narrow foliage
  • »  More compact than the species

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Iron Butterfly' is a tough, tolerant, drought resistant native perennial that can produce the colorful beauty you crave for your native landscape while attracting butterflies and growing where most plants wouldn't even think of trying to establis a root. This Ironweed thrives in dry rocky soil and still manages to produce beautiful, tiny purple, star-like, butterfly attracting flowers above long, narrow foliage from late summer and on into fall and, better yet, does it all on a far more compact plant than the actual species. Plant it in groups at the back of your garden in full sun and in well drained soil and 'Iron Butterfly' will quickly thrive to produce an abundance of blooms.

Maintenance and Care
Drought Tolerant
Attracts Wildlife
Attracts Butterflies
Flower Color
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Late Summer
Full Sun
Soil Moisture
Dry Soil