Vernonia noveboracensis (New York Ironweed)



USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. An illustrated flora of the northern United States, Canada and the British Possessions. 3 vols. Charles Scribner’s Sons, New York. Vol. 3: 351

WILD SEED PROJECT IS OFFERING SEEDS, SO THIS SPECIES IS NOT A PRIORITY.

Where Commonly Found: Meadows, fields, shores of rivers and lakes, disturbed areas, CT, MA, NH, NY, RI
How to Identify:
(For unfamiliar words: Wikipedia Glossary of Botanical Terms).
Go Botany Key to Vernonia noveboracensis.
Missouri Botanical Garden webpage for Vernonia noveboracensis.
 Flower Type:  Deep red/purple cluster appear at the ends of erect reddish flower stalks in early August to late September, each flower 5/16″  – 7/16″ long, persist throughout the winter
Leaf Arrangement:
Basal crown of larger leaves giving rise to stout, erect stems with smaller leaves.
Leaf Type: 
Elliptic to lanceolate, leaves, 4″ to 10″ long by 3/4″ to 1-1/2″ wide.with minutely toothed margins, hairless on the upper surfaces and may have soft white hairs on the undersides.
Height:
 6′ – 7′
Seed Collection: Bag seed-heads to capture the ripening, rusty colored nutlet seeds, allowing to dry on the plants.

Attracts:  Bees, Butterflies, Birds
Use:  Garden, Rain Garden, Naturalizing, Monarch Garden
Light:  Full Sun to Part Sun
Hardiness Zone:  3 to 9   USDA Zone Map
Soils:  Dry to Wet
Notes:  New York Ironweed is a robust, statuesque wildflower with high pollinator value and great deep red-purple flowers for the late summer.
Native to the Northeast (except VT and ME), Mid-Atlantic and South-East US.   Biota of North America Program (BONAP) – North America Plant Atlas (NAPA).

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