Vernonia 'Southern Cross'

Southern Cross Ironweed

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Description

Deep purple flowers are displayed above deep green leaves from August through September on Southern Cross ironweed (Vernonia 'Southern Cross'), a hybrid native ironweed that is relatively short (3 feet tall). This cultivar grows best in full sun, with moderately fertile soils, and only needs water during its establishment period. The flowers attract pollinating insects and hummingbirds, while the seeds are coveted by birds.

This introduction by Intrinsic Perennials is one of the few ironweed cultivars offered on the market.

Soil
Moderate
Plant Shape
Mounded
Exposure
Full Sun
Bloom Time
July - August, September - October
Bloom Color
Purple
Landscape Use
Screen/Hedge, Bedding or Border, Specimen Plant
Wildlife Interest
Attracts Birds, Attracts Butterflies, Resistant To Deer
Plant Type
Perennial
Hardiness Zone
4 - 9