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Vernonia ‘Southern Cross’

A wonderful addition to the late summer/early autumn garden, this hybrid cross of lettermanii and an unknown species, discovered by Brent Horvath of Intrinsic Perennials, differs from lettermanii by being taller (grows to 3-4' h/w’) and having slightly wider foliage. In September, 'Southern Cross' bursts into bloom with clusters of purple Aster like flowers. Handsome foliage all season, deer resistant, and favored by butterflies. A must for natural looking gardens. Associates well with ornamental grasses and is adaptable to a wide variety of soils.
Genus Vernonia
Common Name Ironweed
Hardiness Zone 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Light Requirements Part Sun, Full Sun
Seasonal Interest Summer, Fall
Season of Blooming Summer, Fall
Use Bed, Cutting, Naturalizing, Massing
Special Attributes Pollinator Friendly, Butterfly Attracting, Deer Resistant, Cold Hardy, Drought Tolerant, Easy Care, Foliage Interest
Color Plum-Purple