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Sun: Full to light shade

Moisture: Medium-wet to medium-dry

Height: 5'

Bloom Time: Aug-Sep

Bloom Color: Purple

Genotype: Winona, MN (shares a Level II ecosystem, Mixed Woods Plains, with Southeastern Michigan). Indigenous interactions: In the Great Lakes area, (Moerman, 1998).


This showy fall bloomer produces a loose cluster of small tufty purple flowers that attract bees, butterflies, and skippers. The vivid flowers mature into attractive light cocoa-colored seedball puffs. Host plant to several moths. A tall plant, it works well in the back of a native planting, or in massed plantings. Deer leave V. missurica alone due to its bitter taste. 

Vernonia missurica (Missouri Ironweed)

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