Vernonia arkansana

Arkansas Ironweed

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Description

Arkansas ironweed is native to the southern-central US. It bears bracts of large 1.25 inch pinkish-purple flowers in late summer that are attractive to hummingbirds. It has unusual thread-like appendages leading to its alternative common name of curlytop ironweed. Arkansas ironweed grows to a height of about six feet and a width of about five feet and has long, narrow leaves sometimes up to seven inches long.

In an evaluation of ironweeds conducted at the Chicago Botanic Garden, Arkansas ironweed received a good rating for growing in local conditions, although some late season mildew and rust was observed on the plants in the trial.

Soil
Moderate
Plant Shape
Upright
Exposure
Full Sun
Bloom Time
July - August, September - October
Bloom Color
Pink, Purple
Landscape Use
Bedding or Border, Specimen Plant
Wildlife Interest
Attracts Birds, Attracts Butterflies, Resistant To Deer, Native to Midwest
Plant Type
Perennial
Hardiness Zone
5 - 8