||wildflowers|height 18-24"|spread 9-12"|full sun|purple flowers in late Summer|attracts butterflies||
Wooly Ironweed (Vernonia lindheimeri)
This hardy and showy herbaceous perennial from the Hill Country forms a multi-stemmed plant with a half sphere of silver/gray-green leaves supporting a corolla of bright flowers. The blooms are medium to dark purple, lightly fragrant and irrestible to butterflies. The plant prefers full sun in caliche but adapts to well-drained garden soil and blooms continuously from late Summer through the Fall. It naturalizes readily, and is very drought tolerant.
Wooly Ironweed is deer-resistant but young tips may be nipped back.