Vernonia are a large genus of plants found widely North and South America, Asia and Africa. Useful plants in dry gardens, species such as V. fasciculata.
Tall growing with mid to deep red terminal flowers, this is a very upright species that can reach well over 1m in height, and will withstand a little wind without falling over. It will attract Butterflies and Bees to the garden. It will self seed, however seems to need a very cold winter to do so. Deadhead after flowering to prevent spreading.
- Vernonia elaeagnifolia is known as the ‘Curtain creeper’. Related to sunflowers it classed as a weed and is not available in Australia.
- Vernonia fasciculata (Ironweed) is one of the best known species with attractive purple flowers.
Not widely grown in Australia but an interesting drought tolerant plant for a dry garden
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- Vernonia elaeagnifolia is classed as a weed and is not available in Australia as a substitute try Senecio rowleyanus or String of Pearls.
Veronia fasciculata is available for sale from the following nurseries
Large variety of Epimediums, Woodland plants and Herbaceous perennials
Mail order or nursery. We do not send to Tasmania or WA