New York ironweed comes by its name honestly, between the tough-as-nails plant characteristics and the rust colored seeds and rusty color of the fading blooms. While this plant is very tolerant of different soils, it prefers the rich soils of woodland gardens, with plenty of decaying leaf litter.
Slightly reminiscent of Joe-Pye weed, this tall perennial stands 4-6 feet off the ground and bears flat-topped clusters of deep lavender flower heads. Use this plant in the back of garden beds for the perfect backdrop.
New York Ironweed has moderate drought resistance and can tolerate clay soils. Along with being attractive to pollinators, this plant is also juglone tolerant (black walnut trees), so it can be planted in areas where that is a concern.
Source: grown from seed originally from Minnesota. Prairie Moon Nursery.
Vernonia noveboracensis (New York ironweed)
SIZE: 1/2 quart pot type: herbaceous perennial sun needs: full sun, part sun/part shade water needs: average, moist height: 3-6' plant spacing: 1/sq ft bloom time: July, August, September bloom color: purple
good plant companions
Dense blazing star, switchgrass, New England aster, common boneset, Joe pye weed, blue vervain, swamp milkweed
deer resistant (please note that does not mean deer proof)