Vernonia chinensis

Chinese Ironweed

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Description

Chinese ironweed is a tall perennial that bears masses of purple flowers with hot pink eyes in the late summer and early fall. The leaves are long and serrated and remain green throughout the season. It has a tall spreading upright habit reaching a height of around seven feet and a width of four feet so it performs well at the back of a border where its height and the late season pop of color can be appreciated. It can be pruned in early summer to reduce height.

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