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Vernonia 'Southern Cross'

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36-54 Inches
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36-54 Inches
  • Delightful, fuzzy purple flower clusters 
  • Open, airy plant makes good filler in a perennial or mixed border when earlier perennials are done blooming
  • Durable, non-fussy wildflower

This neat native has a similar look to Amsonia hubrichtii. It has thin foliage, a vase-like habit, and an airy dome of small purple flowers. The flowers bloom in late summer extending its beauty. It sort of looks like a cross between Baby's Breath and a purple Aster; mixes well with grasses and other late summer bloomers. Bred from Vernonia lettermannii, native to south-central U.S., and another unknown species, for those who like an element of mystery...

Uses: Borders, Cottage Gardens, Flower Beds, Landscapes, Mass Planting, Naturalizing, Rain Gardens
Nature Attraction: Butterflies, Pollinators
Critter Resistance: Deer, Rabbits
Notable Features: Drought Tolerant, Easy To Grow, Cut Flower, Tolerant of Black Walnuts
Growth Habit: Upright, Vase-shaped

Homeowner Growing Tips: Grow in at least 6 hours of full sun, if possible. Prefers soil that is well draining, but is otherwise not fussy about soil type. 'Southern Cross' is more tolerant of dry periods than many other species of Ironweed. May re-seed, so deadhead if this is not desired. Foliage holds up well in winter; cut to the ground in early spring.


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