Day 141: New York Ironweed

New York Ironweed ©Jackie Brooks“New York Ironweed (Vernonia noveboracensis): A fluffy haze of deep purple flowers is often covered by a parade of butterflies in late summer. Other beneficial insects feed on the nectar and the pollen. This lovely clumping native adapts well to any moist to normal soil. This plant’s common name is attributed to certain “iron-like” plant qualities including the tough stems, the rusty color of fading flowers and the rusty colored seeds, as well as it’s iron-like constitution.” To read more about New York Ironweed click here

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