Vernonia arkansana, Curlytop Ironweed

Vernonia arkansana, Curlytop Ironweed

 

Curlytop Ironweed, Vernonia arkansana, features narrow, willow-like leaves and large, fluffy, pinkish-purple flowering heads with interesting thread-like tips on its bracts. Rusty seed clusters follow flowers. Named Ironweed for its tough stems, rust tinged fading flowers, and rusty colored seeds. Majestic plants can grow 4-6′ in gardens, or nearly 10′ tall in their native habitats–along streams, wet meadows, thickets, bright woods, prairies and glades. Ironweed works well in naturalized areas, prairies, rain and native gardens. Its large size makes it an attractive background plant. Good for areas with moist soils.

A featured plant of the Missouri Prairie Foundation Grow Native Pollinator Buffet program, a collection of plants that have been identified as being important to pollinators. See more Pollinator Buffet plants here.

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Additional Information

Botanical Name

Vernonia arkansana

Common Name

Curlytop Ironweed

Bloom Color

Pink, Purple

Bloom Time

Late Summer, Fall

Foliage Color

Green

Light Requirements

Sun

Height

48-60″

Width

36-48″

Uses

Birds, Bees, Butterflies, Missouri Native Plant, Naturalize, Rain Gardens

Resistance

Deer

Soil

Average, Wet

Water Needs

Average

Zone

5-8

Plant Type

Perennial