Vernonia fasciculata - Common Ironweed

Sun Exposure: Sun, Part Sun

Soil Moisture: Medium-Wet, Medium

Soil Type: Sand-Loam, Loam, Loam-Clay

Height: 4- 5 feet

Spread: 2 - 3 feet

Blooms: July, August

Root: Rhizome

Habitat: Wet Prairies and Meadows, Floodplains, River and Pond Shorelines, Marshes, Ditches, Fence rows

Landscape uses: Pollinator gardens, Moist Meadow plantings, Naturalization, Pond edges

Complimentary Plants: Culvers Root, Swamp Milkweed, Boneset, Spotted Joe Pye Weed

Wildlife Value: Bees, butterflies and skippers visit the flowers for nectar and pollen. Host Plant: Painted Lady Butterfly, Parthenice Tiger Moth

Germination Code: C(60)

Vernonia fasciculata - Common Ironweed

  • Common Ironweed (Vernonia fasciculata) is usually referred to simply as "Ironweed". Native to the moist black soil priaries of Saskatckewan and Manitoba, this tall plant does well in moist soil conditions. Its tall size makes it a great plant for the backdrop of a garden, or for shorelines of ponds, streams or lakes.