Baldwin's ironweed, Western Ironweed, Ironweed
Asteraceae (Aster Family)
Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia
Western ironweed’s 3-5 ft. stems occur singly or in clumps, and are stout and hairy. Wide clusters of vibrant, red-violet flowers form at the ends of short branches near the top of the plant. Because the flowers are all of the disk variety, the 6 in. wide flower
cluster has a fuzzy appearance. Long, lance-shaped leaves line the stems.
This plant aggressively colonizes by rhizomes once established so place accordingly. Its bloom period lasts until frost.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Pink , Purple
Bloom Time: Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov
, TX Native Distribution:
s. to LA
& TX Native Habitat:
Disturbed sites; open woods; fields
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Moist
Soil Description: Rocky or sandy soils. Clay, Clay Loam, Medium Loam, Sandy Loam, Sandy, Limestone-based, Caliche type
Conditions Comments: Best in natural areas and large meadows where large colonies can be appreciated. Can be rampant colonizer when planted in garden soils. Roots travel in all directions from plant about one foot deep. Difficult to control once plant is well established. Bloom period lasts from summer until frost.
BenefitUse Ornamental: Perennial
garden, Pocket prairie Conspicuous Flowers:
Birds , Butterflies Deer Resistant: