Tall Ironweed (Vernonia gigantea)
A tall, moisture loving plant with striking purple flowers that adapts well to average garden beds. Valuable as a late season bloomer and an insect host. Capable of interbreeding with other ironweeds.
Light: Full Sun, Part Sun/Shade
Soil Moisture: Wet Mesic, Mesic
Soil Type: Loam, Clay Loam, Silt Loam, Sandy Loam
Bloom Color: Purple
Bloom Time: Aug-Sep
Root Type: Fibrous
Notable Wildlife Interactions: Flowers attract bees, flies, butterflies, and skippers. Hosts moths such as ironweed borers and the parthenice tiger moth, the four-spotted tree cricket, the short-winged meadow katydid, and some other smaller insects. Bitter foliage is avoided by browsers such as deer.