Vernonia gigantea

tall ironweed

Asteraceae (Compositae)

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Plant Specifics

Form: flower
Life Span: long-lived perennial
Size: Height: 4-6 ft
Flower Color: flower color      purple
Phenology: winter dormant
Noted for: Showy flowers

Landscaping

Recommended Uses: Back of a moist wildflower garden. Can also use on the edges of natural or created wetlands and streams.
Propagation: Seed or division. Seeds are available through the Florida Wildflowers Growers Cooperative.
Availability: Native nurseries, Specialty providers, Seed
Light: light requirement   light requirement  
Moisture Tolerance:
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Salt Tolerance: Not salt tolerant
Soil or other substrate: Sand, loam
Soil pH Range: Adaptable

Ecology

Wildlife:
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Attracts native bees. May attract hummingbirds.
Native Habitats: Exposed sand and gravel bars of streams during low water, stream banks, hydric to wet mesic pine flatwoods. Rich soils. Ruderal.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range

USDA Zones:

Map is based on minimum winter temperatures

Suitable to grow in:
   8A,8B,9A,9B,10A,10B

Other

Other Comments: The genus name honors the English botanist William Vernon, who did fieldwork in North America.