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Vernonia baldwinii

Western Ironweed

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Vernonia baldwinii (Western Ironweed)

Rounded, flat-topped branching clusters of red-violet flowers are held at the ends of stiff, upright stems. Plants and leaves of this drought-tolerant prairie plant are hairy and so are avoided by cattle and deer.

Additional Information:
Although Ironweeds can be difficult to distinguish, only the Western Ironweed has bracts on its flower heads with short, outward-pointing tips.

4-5 Feet


10-12 Inches


Bloom/Seasonal Color
Red Violet

USDA Hardiness Zone 5

Home Owner Growing and Maintenance Tips:

Good Companions
Western Sunflower (Helianthus occidentalis), Ox-eye Sunflower (Heliopsis helianthoides), Showy Goldenrod (Solidago speciosa), Indian Grass (Sorghastrum nutans)

Characteristics & Attributes

Critter Resistance

Deer Resistant

Hydrologic Designation


Nature Attracting


Season of Interest

Late (July-frost)

Soil Moisture


Sun Exposure

Full Sun

USFS MO Ecological Map

Wildlife Benefit

Butterfly Nectar