A rough diamond from Northern and Central states of the USA, this plant is a valuable addition to damp sites, wildlife and natural gardens.
In the wild, it is seen growing alongside streams as well as in drier glades and across the more moist patches of the prairie.
It's an attractive, useful, clump forming, late season bloomer with rich purple, Michaelmas daisy like flowers much beloved by bees and butterflies.
Vernonia grows very tall especially in moist soils and is ideal for spot planting amongst large grasses and the bigger bog garden perennials. Unlike the flowers, the foliage is not particularly noteworthy but if you love attracting wildlife to your garden this is a must as it provides an autumn larder before hibernation begins.
Photo: Blackstem Plants
Moist, poorly drained
Full sun, partial shade