Vernonia lettermannii ex pink form (Narrow-Leaved Ironweed) [20 Seeds]


Germination Information: I recommend these seeds for experienced seed-starters only, because the process may require some patience. Common wisdom usually suggests sowing ironweed seeds in fall and leaving them outdoors for germination in the spring. However, my original batch of these seeds germinated within 2 weeks from a late February sowing indoors under lights. I’d suggest trying that route first (barely cover the seeds with growing medium, or just press them into the surface), and if no seedlings appear within 3 weeks, then put the seed pot in a plastic bag and refrigerate it for a month or two before moving it back to a warm, bright spot.

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Narrow-leaved ironweed (Vernonia lettermannii) is a US native that typically reaches 4 to 5 feet tall, with slender green leaves and bright purple flowers in late summer to fall. A few years ago, a self-sown seedling from a species plant appeared in my garden with purplish pink flowers. I have no idea if these seeds will maintain this color, produce a range of pinks and purples, or be solid purple, but I offer them for those of you who enjoy experimenting with something different. If nothing else, you’ll end up with a nice purple-flowered ironweed. Full sun. Perennial; Zones 4 to 9.

2022-collected seeds are sold out. I hope to collect again in early November 2023. At least 20 seeds. Unknown ecotype. Shipping to US addresses only.

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