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Plant of the Week 08/14/2020

Joe Pye Weed

Vernonia missurica

Zone 3-8

Also known as Ironweed, this tall, hardy plant can be found as a wildflower throughout New Mexico. Tall stems that can reach 5' tall have long leaves (similar to the leaves on a butterfly bush) that add a nice backdrop to the large, flat clusters of flowers that appear from summer to fall.

The flowers slightly resemble asters but are prettier, and have a violet-pink color to them and also attract birds and butterflies. Adaptable to a wide variety of soil types.

Plant in full sun and water occasionally once established. A very aggressive grower that can be difficult to get rid of. Can spread several feet (similar to a Russian sage) so be mindful of location when planting. Cut back to the ground in winter.

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