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Wasowski, Sally and Andy
Vernonia fasciculata Michx.
Prairie ironweed, Common ironweed
USDA Symbol: vefa2
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
The stout, unbranched, 2-5 ft. stems bears numerous lance-shaped, coarsely-toothed, dark-green leaves. Attractive floral sprays are composed of densely clustered, rose-purple flowers.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Purple
Bloom Time: Jul , Aug , Sep
AR , CO , IA , IL , IN , KS , KY , MA , MN , MO , MS , MT , ND , NE , NY , OH , OK , SD , WI Canada: MB
, SK Native Distribution:
OH to Sask., s. to TX; introduced elsewhere Native Habitat:
Wet prairies; marshes USDA Native Status: L48(N), CAN(N)
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun , Part Shade , Shade
Soil Description: Fertile, moist to wet soils.
Conditions Comments: Too aggressive for small areas. Needs competition.
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
Larval Host: Larval host for American painted lady.
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Host plants for American Painted Lady larvae in Ohio
June 25, 2009
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From the National Suppliers Directory
According to the inventory provided by Associate Suppliers, this plant is available at the following locations:
Ohio Prairie Nursery
- Hiram, OHPrairie Nursery
- Westfield, WI
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Record Modified: 2009-03-04
Research By: TWC Staff