Late-summer flowering North American perennial
Description: Showy, deep reddish-purple flowers in dense, attractive floral sprays (or fascicles) on stout, un-branched stems; dark green, lance-shaped leaves.
Habit: Grows 3-5' high, in flower, and 2-3' wide.
Culture: Prefers full sun and moist to wet soil conditions.
Hardiness: Cold hardy to USDA Zone 3
Origin: Central North America
Attributes: Attracts Bees and Butterflies, Rain Garden, Deer Resistant
Also known as Prairie Ironweed, this robust species in the aster family is native to moist prairies and marshes in midwestern North America from Manitoba south to Texas. The genus name honors 17th century English botanist and plant collector William Vernon. André Michaux first recorded Vernonia fasciculata in his flora of North America (Flora Boreali-Americana, 1803). The flowers are attractive to butterflies and other pollinators. Deer-resistant. zone3,zone4,zone5,zone6,zone7,zone8,zone9