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Vernonia fasciculata (Prairie ironweed)
Wasowski, Sally and Andy

Vernonia fasciculata

Vernonia fasciculata Michx.

Prairie ironweed, Common ironweed

Asteraceae (Aster Family)

Synonym(s):

USDA Symbol: vefa2

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)

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 Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Fruit:
Size Class: 3-6 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Purple
Bloom Time: Jul , Aug , Sep

Distribution

USA: AR , CO , IA , IL , IN , KS , KY , MA , MN , MO , MS , MT , ND , NE , NY , OH , OK , SD , WI
Canada: MB , ON , SK
Native Distribution: OH to Sask., s. to TX; introduced elsewhere
Native Habitat: Wet prairies; marshes

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade , Shade
Soil Description: Fertile, moist to wet soils.
Conditions Comments: Too aggressive for small areas. Needs competition.

Benefit

Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Attracts: Butterflies
Larval Host: Larval host for American painted lady.

Value to Beneficial Insects

Special Value to Native Bees

This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.

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Find seed sources for this species at the Native Seed Network.

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National Wetland Indicator Status

Region:AGCPAKAWCBEMPGPHIMWNCNEWMVE
Status: FACW FAC FAC FACW FACW FACW
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1 (Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here for map of regions.

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, OH
Prairie Nursery - Westfield, WI

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:

Native Plant Center at Westchester Community College, The - Valhalla, NY
Texas Discovery Gardens - Dallas, TX
Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR

Additional resources

USDA: Find Vernonia fasciculata in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Vernonia fasciculata in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Vernonia fasciculata

Metadata

Record Last Modified: 2009-03-04
Research By: TWC Staff

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