Botanical Name: Vernonia gigantea
Common Name: “Ironweed”
Height: 5 to 10 Feet
Spread: 3 to 6 Feet
Light: Full sun to partial shade
Fluffy clusters of small, rose-purple flowerheads open in late-summer and into the autumn at the ends of the towering, sturdy, leafy stems of this imposing native wildflower. It is often found growing in moist soils by the roadsides and in the meadows and open woodlands of the South. Flowers are very attractive to butterflies.