Wooly Ironweed (Vernonia lindheimeri)
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|wildflowers|height 18-24"|spread 9-12"|full sun|purple flowers in late Summer|attracts butterflies|
Wooly Ironweed (Vernonia lindheimeri)

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.

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